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Leinster School of Music Online Examination success!

Ten year old Abi Snell is the youngest person in the world to receive a level 3 certificate. She is a student of the Leinster School of Music and Drama and lives in America
ten year old Abi Snell is accompanied by Griffith College lecturer, Tom Morley Photo Credit: Chattanooga Times Free Press

The World’s Youngest Level 3 Certificate Holder

The Leinster School of Music is delighted to award 10 year-old Abi Snell an impressive 96 points out of 100 in her online fiddle examination, making her the youngest person in the world to earn a Level 3 certificate.

Launched in 2016, the online examinations enable students all over the world to develop their skills in Irish traditional music. The team at LSMD, which includes Karen Casey, Catriona Grimes, Joe Harte, Kevin Farrell and Tomás Mac Eochagáin, soon developed an exciting collaboration with well-known American fiddler and traditional Irish music teacher, Tom Morley, who is based in the USA.

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Morley, who has over 20 years teaching experience running classes in his own private studio as well as instructing at Irish Fiddle Workshops across colleges and universities in the US, has led the introduction of the LSMD online exams stateside. Initially, Morley taught in Alabama where he oversaw six students pass the exam, before moving to Chattanooga in late 2017 where he became teacher to Abi, who turns 11 in May.

Talking of Abi’s exam, which was graded by an LSMD examiner in Ireland, Morley said "The fiddle instructor in Dublin who graded her video exam gave her 96 points out of 100 based on different criteria, including intonation, technique and overall musicianship. I couldn't be prouder of her. She works hard to learn the tunes, has a good ear and is always interested in learning more.”

There's Something About Abi

Abi, who regularly busks around town, using her tip money to pay for lessons and instruments, received the highest score of any of Morley’s students to date (including adults) and plans to take her Level 4 and 5 exams in the future. Her achievement even made the Chattanooga Times Free Press, for which the full article can be seen here

The Leinster School is incredibly proud of Abi’s hard work, and Tom as her teacher, and are delighted to see Irish traditional reaching the far side of the globe!