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06/12/2017

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Getting Your Exam Results VS Your Expectations

After an exam we often focus on the negative but the examiner is also looking for the positive.

Feel free to share your exam successes on our FORUM http://www.music-online.org.uk/p/forum.html
Please share your exam successes on our FORUM 

It's that time of year again when many of my students have recently got their exam results. Maybe you too have had some good news. What has struck me is that immediately after the exam, when I ask them how it went most students will focus on the negative aspects of what might have gone wrong. I also get similar comments on my YouTube videos, like the following
After an exam we often focus on the negative but the examiner is also looking for the positive.

If you analyse this comment you will notice how much there is an emphasis on what went wrong but if you look at the ABRSM's official marking criteria, accuracy of notes is only one small aspect. The examiner will be looking for all of the following:

  • Pitch – accuracy, clarity, reliability of notes and/or intonation.
  • Time – suitability of tempo, stability of pulse, sense of rhythm.
  • Tone – control and projection of sound, sensitivity and awareness in use of tonal qualities.
  • Shape – effectiveness and clarity of musical shaping and detailing.
  • Performance – overall command of the instrument or voice, involvement with the music, musical communication.

Indeed, the above commenter, after I reassured him, said " I'm probably overthinking it".


Your results are then often, pleasant surprises and that is where I want to hear from YOU. I have recently started a FORUM for YOU, my subscribers and I would love it if you would share some of your exam successes there and by the way, feel free to use this FORUM to start a discussion on any topic related to musical education.

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