I N F O R M A T I O N I N E N G L I S H
According to the Icelandic curriculum and syllabus requirements, examination requirements are defined for each individual instrument. The respective weighting (marks) for different examination requirements are also given. At the key stage examinations of Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced levels, pupils attainment is assessed for each individual part of the examination and marks are awarded from the total marks allocated for each of those parts. The total number of marks available for all parts of the examination is 100. Only whole numbers may be used. Additionally students receive written comments for each part of the examination.
In most instrumental examinations pupils perform 3 pieces and 1 study. Other requirements are scales and arpeggios, elective/option and unprepared performance at sight (sight-reading). Additionally marks are awarded for overall impression.
The following is a short description of examination requirements common to most instruments (teachers and students must however refer to individual instrumental syllabuses for specific requirements):Pieces and studies
Pieces and studies selected for the examination must be consistent in level of difficulty with the requirements stipulated in individual instrumental syllabuses. Students should present a varied programme with pieces from differing musical periods.Scales and arpeggios
Individual instrumental syllabuses state specifically the scales and arpeggios which students are required to prepare for respective examinations. Additionally details are provided with regard to speed, range and articulation. In the examination itself the examiner selects scales and arpeggios for the candidate to perform. Given the different nature and traditions of various instruments, requirements for scales and arpeggios are not identical between instrumental groups, nor can they be.Orchestral abstracts
Where individual instrumental curriculum require the study of orchestral abstracts, their performance shall be part of Advanced level examination. Abstracts are taken from orchestral works where the instrument is question plays a key role. Students should prepare at least 3 orchestral abstracts from 3 seperate works. Examiners select in the examination itself, which extract shall be performed for assessment.Elective/Option - Elementary level examination
For Elementary instrumental/vocal examinations pupils select one of the following options.
For Intermediate instrumental/vocal examinations pupils select one of the following options.
For Advanced instrumental/vocal examinations pupils select one of the following options.
Pupils are allowed one minute to read in silence a short piece and should then perform the piece. Where individual instrumental syllabuses stipulate that candidates should transpose at sight, sight-reading and transposition tests are allocated half ot the total available marks for this part of the examination (5 marks each/total 10). Candidates are allowed one minute to prepare in silence for transposition tests. Pieces for sight-reading and transposition are short and consistent with requirements stipulated in respective, individual instrumental syllabuses.Overall impression
At key stage Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced Level examinations marks are awarded for presentation and deportment, artistic interpretation, confidence and general impression.