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Criteria for assessment of Vocal Exams

Advanced Exams

 

Pieces and studies out of 15

  • Outstanding performance
  • Affective and personal expression
  • Technically secure
  • Good control of intonation, articulation and tone
  • Good feeling for phrasing and dynamics
  • Good feeling for musical style, character and colour
  • Good sense of rhythm
  • Good diction
  • Convincing choice of tempo
14/15

  • Reasonably good sense of "musical whole"
  • Clear evidence of personal expression
  • Reasonably secure technically
  • Reasonably good control of intonation, articulation and tone
  • Clear evidence of dynamics and phrasing
  • Reasonably good feeling for musical style, character and colour
  • Reasonably good sense of rhythm
  • Reasonably good diction
  • Appropriate and steady tempo
12/13

  • Acceptable performance as a whole
  • Acceptable intonation articulation and tone
  • Dynamics and phrasing perceptible
  • Acceptable diction
  • Appropriate tempo, if cautious, even hesitant at times
  • Insufficiently accurate
9/10/11

  • Lacks sense of flow and security
  • Inadequate intonation, articulation and tone quality
  • Little sense of "musical whole"
  • Diction lacking
  • Lots of mistakes and pauses
6/7/8

  • Lots of wrong notes and rhythms
  • Very poor intonation, articulation and tone quality
  • Very poor diction
5

  • No performance
0

 

Option/Elective - Pupils sing a piece of own choise out of 10

  • Outstanding performance
  • Affective and personal expression
  • Technically secure
  • Good control of intonation, articulation and tone
  • Good feeling for phrasing and dynamics
  • Good feeling for musical style, character and colour
  • Good sense of rhythm
  • Good diction
  • Convincing choice of tempo
9/10

  • Reasonably good sense of "musical whole"
  • Clear evidence of personal expression
  • Reasonably secure technically
  • Reasonably good control of intonation, articulation and tone
  • Clear evidence of dynamics and phrasing
  • Reasonably good feeling for musical style, character and colour
  • Reasonably good sense of rhythm
  • Reasonably good diction
  • Appropriate and steady tempo
7/8

  • Acceptable performance as a whole
  • Acceptable intonation, articulation and tone
  • Dynamics and phrasing perceptible
  • Acceptable diction
  • Appropriate tempo, if cautious, even hesitant at times
  • Insufficiently accurate
6

  • Lacks sense of flow and security
  • Inadequate intonation, articulation and tone quality
  • Little sense of "musical whole"
  • Diction lacking
  • Lots of mistakes and pauses
4/5

  • Lots of wrong notes and rhythms
  • Very poor intonation, articulation and tone quality
  • Very poor diction
2/3

  • No performance
0

 

Option/Elective - Vocal ensemble in which the candidate plays a substantial role out of 10

  • Good sense of the "musical whole"
  • Good control of intonation, articulation and tone
  • Technically secure
  • Good feeling for phrasing and dynamics
  • Good sense of balance between voices
  • Good feeling for flow in ensemble
  • Good and steady feeling for rhythm
  • Good diction
9/10

  • Reasonably good sense of "musical whole"
  • Reasonably good control of intonation, articulation and tone
  • Reasonably secure technically
  • Clear evidence of dynamics and phrasing
  • Reasonably good sense of balance between voices
  • Reasonably good feeling for flow in ensemble
  • Appropriate and steady tempo
  • Reasonably good diction
7/8

  • Acceptable performance as a whole
  • Acceptable intonation, articulation and tone
  • Phrasing and dynamics perceptible
  • Acceptable sense of balance between voices
  • Acceptable sense of flow in ensemble
  • Appropriate if not always steady tempo
  • Acceptable diction
  • Insufficiently accurate
6

  • Little sense of "musical whole"
  • Inadequate intonation and articulation
  • Considerable wrong notes and rhythms
  • Little sense of balance between voices
  • Little sense of flow in ensemble
  • Diction lacking
4/5

  • Hardly any sense of "musical whole"
  • Very poor intonation and articulation
  • Little if any sense of balance between voices
  • Little if any sense of flow in ensemble
  • Lots of wrong notes and rhythms
  • Very poor diction

2/3


  • No performance
0

 

Sight-reading out of 10

  • Convincing performance
  • Appropriate tempo
  • Appropriate dynamics
  • Rights notes and rhythms
9/10

  • Mostly correct notes and rhythms
  • Steady pulse
7/8

  • Hesitant, though mostly right notes and rhythms
  • Too cautious, though clear sense of pulse
6

  • Absence of feeling for tonality
  • Poor phrasing
  • Lots of wrong notes or rhythms
  • Absence of pulse
4/5

  • Consistently wrong notes and rhythms
  • Very poor intonation, articulation and tone
2/3

  • Sight-reading not performed
0

 

Overall impression out of 5

  • Outstanding performances
  • Affective and personal expression
  • Confident and appropriate deportment
  • Very well prepared
5

  • Good, purposeful performances
  • Confident and mostly appropriate deportment
  • Clearly well prepared
4

  • Adequate performances
  • Adequately security and deportment
  • Deserves a pass, but with one or two reservations (indicated elsewhere)
3

  • Insecure and unconvincing performances
  • Inappropriate deportment
  • Preparation appears to be inadequate
2

  • Very poor performances
  • Performances in most parts of the exam do not satisfy requirements
  • Preparation appears to be very poor
1

 

 Last Updated January 20, 2005

 

 

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