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Practical Session 2 Update - USA

We appreciate how much the cancellation of our exams has affected learners And we are working hard on solutions to ensure learners can gain their qualifications at the earliest opportunity.

However, on the basis of official and local advice we will be cancelling Session 2 Practical exams scheduled for October-December. Our Representatives will provide further guidance in due course. We are very sorry for the impact on teachers and candidates and we will continue to monitor the situation. Thank you for your loyalty and support while these restrictions remain in place.

We will be gradually rolling out remotely-assessed Performance Grades https://gb.abrsm.org/en/performancegrades/ internationally starting before the end of 2020 and will share exam dates and booking periods soon.

Music Theory November Update - USA

We are still in the process of confirming with our Representatives whether Music Theory exams can take place in every area, based on local official advice. However, we can confirm that the Theory exams in the following areas below have been cancelled. All other areas are currently scheduled to hold a Music Theory exam, however we are monitoring the situation closely and will be in touch if anything changes.

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Grade 5 Piano

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Stage
Pieces

Pieces element: first piece

This is the first of three pieces the candidate chose to perform in his Grade 5 Piano exam.

The candidate is playing I. J. Pleyel's Adagio (A3 from the Piano Syllabus 2015 & 2016).

Use the marking criteria on-screen while you watch and assess this section. Mark the performance by selecting the relevant button below.

Marking criteria

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Distinction
Merit
Pass
Below Pass
  • Pitch Highly accurate notes and intonation
  • Time Fluent, with flexibility where appropriate
  • Time Rhythmic character well conveyed
  • Tone Well projected
  • Tone Sensitive use of tonal qualities
  • Shape Expressive, idiomatic musical shaping and detail
  • Performance Assured
  • Performance Fully committed
  • Performance Vivid communication of character and style
  • Pitch Largely accurate notes and intonation
  • Time Sustained, effective tempo
  • Time Good sense of rhythm
  • Tone Mainly controlled and consistent
  • Tone Good tonal awareness
  • Shape Clear musical shaping, well-realised detail
  • Performance Positive
  • Performance Carrying musical conviction
  • Performance Character and style communicated
  • Pitch Generally correct notes
  • Pitch Sufficiently reliable intonation to maintain tonality
  • Time Suitable tempo
  • Time Generally stable pulse
  • Time Overall rhythmic accuracy
  • Tone Generally reliable
  • Tone Adequate tonal awareness
  • Shape Some realisation of musical shape and/or detail
  • Performance Generally secure, prompt recovery from slips
  • Performance Some musical involvement
  • Pitch Frequent note errors
  • Pitch Insufficiently reliable intonation to maintain tonality
  • Time Unsuitable and/or uncontrolled tempo
  • Time Irregular pulse
  • Time Inaccurate rhythm
  • Tone Uneven and/or unreliable
  • Tone Inadequate tonal awareness
  • Shape Musical shape and detail insufficiently conveyed
  • Performance Insecure, inadequate recovery from slips
  • Performance Insufficient musical involvement

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