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Grade 5 Singing for Musical Theatre


What mark would you give the pieces and the performance as a whole?

Select a mark by clicking on one of the boxes below and see how it compares to the mark given by our Chief Examiner.

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Marking criteria

Each piece/song is marked out of 30. We are assessing your control of pitch, time, tone, shape and performance.

Distinction

27-30

Pitch

  • Highly accurate notes and intonation

Time 

  • Fluent, with flexibility where appropriate
  • Rhythmic character well conveyed

Tone

  • Well projected
  • Sensitive use of tonal qualities

Shape 

  • Expressive, idiomatic musical shaping and detail

Performance 

  • Assured
  • Fully committed
  • Vivid communication of character and style

Merit

24-26

Pitch 

  • Largely accurate notes and intonation

Time 

  • Sustained, effective tempo
  • Good sense of rhythm

Tone 

  • Mainly controlled and consistent
  • Good tonal awareness

Shape 

  • Clear musical shaping, well-realised detail

Performance 

  • Positive
  • Carrying musical conviction
  • Character and style communicated

Pass

20-23

Pitch 

  • Generally correct notes
  • Sufficiently reliable intonation to maintain tonality

Time 

  • Suitable tempo
  • Generally stable pulse
  • Overall rhythmic accuracy

Tone 

  • Generally reliable
  • Adequate tonal awareness

Shape 

  • Some realisation of musical shape and/or detail

Performance

  • Generally secure, prompt recovery from slips
  • Some musical involvement

Below Pass

Pitch 

  • Frequent note errors
  • Insufficiently reliable intonation to maintain tonality

Time 

  • Unsuitable and/or uncontrolled tempo
  • Irregular pulse
  • Inaccurate rhythm

Tone 

  • Uneven and/or unreliable
  • Inadequate tonal awareness

Shape 

  • Musical shape and detail insufficiently conveyed

Performance

  • Insecure, inadequate recovery from slips
  • Insufficient musical involvement

After the full programme has been completed, a mark out of 30 is awarded for the performance as a whole.

 

Communication

Interpretation

Delivery

Distinction

27-30

  • Consistently well-projected and involved, showing strong performance commitment and conviction
  • Effective sequence and pacing of chosen programme; consistently good performance awareness and control
  • Consistently effective stylistic characterisation; interpretative demands of the programme well met
  • Consistently good awareness and control of textures and ensemble, with effective blending and balancing
  • Consistently assured and controlled; technical challenges of the programme well met
  • Consistently effective instrument management, fully responsive to the performance situation

Merit

24-26

  • Mainly well-projected and involved, showing positive performance commitment
  • Largely effective sequence and pacing of chosen programme; mainly good performance awareness and control
  • Mostly effective stylistic realisation; interpretative demands of the programme largely well met
  • Mainly good awareness and control of textures and ensemble, with appropriate blending and balancing
  • Effectively controlled; most technical challenges of the programme well met
  • Mostly effective instrument management, mainly responsive to the performance situation

Pass

20-23

  • Projection and involvement sufficient to maintain an overall sense of performance
  • Sequence and pacing of chosen programme shows adequate performance awareness and control
  • Sufficient stylistic realisation to meet the interpretative demands of the programme
  • Adequate awareness and control of textures and ensemble, with sufficient blending and balancing
  • Generally controlled; technical challenges of the programme securely met overall
  • Sufficiently reliable instrument management to meet the demands of the performance situation

Below Pass

15-19

  • Insufficient projection or sense of involvement to maintain a sense of performance
  • Sequence and/or pacing of chosen programme shows inadequate performance awareness or control
  • Stylistic realisation not equal to the interpretative demands of the programme
  • Insufficient awareness or control of textures and ensemble, and/or unsuitable blending and balancing
  • Consistency of control insufficient to meet the technical challenges of the programme
  • Insufficiently reliable instrument management to meet the demands of the performance situation


Results

This exam was awarded a…

Distinction!
Hear commentary about Phoebe’s Grade 5 Singing for Musical Theatre performance from ABRSM’s Chief Examiner, John Holmes.


Piece 1: The Trolley Song – Blane & Martin

Piece 2: No one is alone – Sondheim

Piece 3: Reflection - Wilder & Zippel

Piece 4: When will my life begin? - Menken & Slater

The performance as a whole mark was a…

Distinction!
Hear commentary about Phoebe’s Grade 5 Singing for Musical Theatre performance as a whole from ABRSM’s Chief Examiner, John Holmes.


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