At Hooper's School of Music, I encourage participation in exams but do not insist on it. A student can take some exams and skip others, while still moving forward through the levels. I also encourage participation in our local piano festival but do not insist on it.
I strongly encourage participation in recitals and offer two per year. A pianist is often asked to play for some events, and I feel that recitals help students learn to share their gifts with others. My students are also encouraged to learn to accompany a vocalist or choir and have the opportunity to compose their own music.
Read through the studio policies set up by the instructor- Marilyn Hooper, to get a clear picture of services offered.