Marking Criteria

9-10

A convincing and stylish performance which demonstrates excellent technique.

  • Melodic accuracy/intonation  Excellent level
  • Rhythmic accuracy Excellent level
  • Tempo and flow Appropriate and musically convincing
  • Mood and character Conveyed with sensitivity
  • Tone Confident, convincing and well-developed instrumental/vocal sound
  • Dynamics Convincing

 7–8

A secure performance musically and technically

  • Melodic accuracy/intonation Secure
  • Rhythmic accuracy Secure
  • Tempo and flow Appropriate and consistent
  • Mood and character Conveyed securely
  • Tone Secure and effective control of instrumental/vocal sound
  • Dynamics Effective

5–6

A mainly accurate performance displaying effective technical and musical control

  • Melodic accuracy/intonation Mainly accurate
  • Rhythmic accuracy Mainly accurate
  • Tempo and flow Appropriate and mainly consistent
  • Mood and character Conveyed with some success
  • Tone Some evidence of development and control
  • Dynamics Some contrast

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Before your exam

In many cases a score less than 5 would just mean you have not yet finished this piece.  4 – ‘nearly done’, 3 – ‘over halfway’, 2 – ‘first chunk sorted’, 1 – ‘just started’.  However the scores below can be awarded during your final practical exam if things go wrong!

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 3–4

An inconsistent performance lacking sufficient technical and/or musical skill to communicate the sense of the music

  • Melodic accuracy/intonation Inconsistencies in melodic accuracy and/or passages of poor intonation
  • Rhythmic accuracy Inconsistencies in rhythm
  • Tempo and flow Inappropriate speed and/or some breaks in continuity
  • Mood and character Not conveyed satisfactorily
  • Tone Little evidence of development and control
  • Dynamics Not observed satisfactorily

 0–2

A poor performance with little or no evidence of required technical and/or musical ability

  • Melodic accuracy/intonation Inaccurate melody and/or consistently poor intonation
  • Rhythmic accuracy Frequent inaccuracies
  • Tempo and flow Totally inappropriate speed and/or frequent stumbling
  • Mood and character Not conveyed
  • Tone Poor
  • Dynamics Ignored

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