Achieving your grade?

Have a look at the information below and see what is required in each aspect of the course to achieve your grade.

Grade A

Performance

You have performed a piece on your main instrument at grade 4 or 5 standard, and it follows exactly what is on the music. It is a performance, with dynamics, slurs and other articulation. It sounds fantastic.

Your ensemble performance is excellent, and we can hear that you are an important member of the group. You perform exactly what is on the page, including dynamics and react to those around you in the group.

If doing the technology solo performance, your submission is totally accurate, with dynamics and a sense of being complete.

Composition

Your two compositions show imagination, great use of your chosen instruments and an interesting use of texture. It sounds complete, and we are not bored at any time listening to it. The structure is clear, and the musical ideas you have are used in a great way – there are not too many different ideas. For unit 4 exemplar compositions click HERE.

For unit 2, you have clearly shown that you understand what you have composed – the style and features of the style. You have shown how you composed the piece, and the changes and development you made as the piece was put together. Your appraisal shows how you thought about your piece during the composition process.

Listening

You have grasped and understood the key musical words. You can identify things that you can hear in pieces of music. You can use the key musical headings supplied, with their keywords, to answer the questions. You have a clear revision plan, and ask when you do not understand something.

General attitude.

You are organised with your work, and do not get distracted in the lessons. You are totally focused. You ask when something is not clear and you do not waste a moment of the lesson time.

Grade B

Performance

You have performed a piece on your main instrument at grade 3 or 4 standard, and it follows exactly what is on the music. It is a performance, with dynamics, slurs and other articulation. It sounds great.

Your ensemble performance is good, and we can hear that you are an important member of the group. You perform exactly what is on the page, including dynamics and react to those around you in the group.

If doing the technology solo performance, your submission is accurate, with dynamics and a sense of being complete.

Composition

Your two compositions show some imagination, great use of your chosen instruments and an interesting use of texture. It sounds mainly complete, and we are not bored at any time listening to it. The structure is clear, and the musical ideas you have are used in a great way – there are not too many different ideas. There may be a couple of duff parts in the composition that let it down slightly.

For unit 2, you have mainly shown that you understand what you have composed – the style and features of the style. You have shown how you composed the piece, and the changes and development you made as the piece was put together. Your appraisal shows how you thought about your piece during the composition process.

Listening

You have grasped and understood most of the key musical words. You can identify things that you can hear in pieces of music. You can use the key musical headings supplied, with their keywords, to answer the questions. You have a clear revision plan, and ask when you do not understand something.

General attitude.

You are organised with your work, and do not get distracted in the lessons. You are totally focused. You ask when something is not clear and you do not waste a moment of the lesson time.

Grade C

Performance

You have performed a piece on your main instrument at grade 3 or 4 standard, and it follows exactly what is on the music. You play the piece well, but it perhaps has a couple of errors. The dynamics need to be better in the music, as does the wow factor in your performance.

Your ensemble performance is good, and we can hear that you are an important member of the group. You perform mostly what is on the page, including dynamics and react to those around you in the group.

If doing the technology solo performance, your submission is accurate, with dynamics and a sense of being mainly complete.

Composition

Your two compositions show some imagination, good use of your chosen instruments and an interesting use of texture. It sounds mainly complete. The structure is fairly clear, and the musical ideas you have are used in a great way – there are not too many different ideas. There may be a couple of duff parts in the composition that let it down slightly.

For unit 2, you have mainly shown that you understand what you have composed – the style and features of the style. You have shown how you composed the piece, and the changes and development you made as the piece was put together. Your appraisal shows some thought about the composition process, although there are a couple of errors in what you have put. More thoughts are required in the appraisal.

Listening

You have grasped and understood most of the key musical words. You can identify many things that you can hear in pieces of music. You can use the key musical headings supplied, with their keywords, to answer the questions. You have a clear revision plan, and ask when you do not understand something.

General attitude.

You are organised with your work, and do not get distracted in the lessons. You are focused. You ask when something is not clear and you do not waste a moment of the lesson time.

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