Making The Grade

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MAKING THE GRADE invites us into the world of the piano lesson. Every year teachers and students throughout Ireland prepare for graded musical exams. These exams can be pleasing for some but daunting for others. Each student has their own particular goal but reaching Grade Eight is considered a pinnacle. This endearing and uplifting documentary explores the bond between piano teachers and their pupils as they struggle through these grades. This is a story of the transformative power of music and the pride and happiness it provides both the students and teachers. It may inspire us all to keep making the grade.


  • Directors Bio

    Ken Wardrop has been described as one of Ireland’s freshest creative talents, establishing a sterling reputation for crafting elegant films. His documentary Undressing My Mother is one of Ireland’s most successful short films, winning a European Film Academy Award. Ken’s third creative documentary Making the Grade examines the special bond between piano teachers and their pupils. The narrative weaves sequentially through the standards of our piano student; exhibiting the students’ love of music and the piano itself.


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