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Music Exam Digital Assessment Converting Procedure and Filming Guidelines Update (14 July, 2020)

Procedures of converting exams
1) After receiving the Candidate number from Trinity Hong Kong Music Centre, candidates complete the converting from on or before 17 July, 2020. (Click here for the converting form)
2) Once Trinity College London has processed your application, candidate will receive an email with details on how to login into Trinity Online Portalyou will receive an email with details on how to login into the system.
3) Candidates can filming the exam performance video and upload to Trinity Online Portal on or before 31 July, 2020. 
4) Examiner will assess your performance. Results will be available within 4-6 weeks of making your upload.
5) Candidates can check their results on Trinity Online Portal.
6) Candidates who passed the exam will received the certificate from October onwards.

Exam Flow
Graded exam
1. Prepare your three pieces or songs (or four songs for Singing Grades 6–8), candidates do not need to prepare for the technical work and supporting tests.

2. Candidates should film all pieces in one continuous recording. Separate performances or edited videos will not be eligible for assessment.
3. Candidates need to introduce the song name before each song being performed.
4. Candidates need to upload the video and supporting documents to the Trinity online portal and marked remotely by an examiner

*Supporting documents*
– A song list with name of the pieces and composers in the order you are performing them in (in Word format).
*If Own compositions were used, please remark them as “Own composition”.
– Music score of Own compositions (if applicable)

5. You will receive feedback and marks. Candidates achieving Grades 6-8 will be eligible for UCAS points as usual.
(Click here for syllabus)

Diploma exam
1. Prepare your pieces or songs

2. Candidates should film all pieces in one continuous recording. Separate performances or edited videos will not be eligible for assessment.
3. Candidates need to upload the video and supporting documents to the Trinity online portal and marked remotely by an examiner

*Supporting documents*
– Written Programme (in Word format)
– Music scores
– Programme Approval (if applicable)

4. You will receive feedback and marks.
(Click here for syllabus)

Rock & Pop exam
1. Prepare your three pieces or songs (excluding session skills).

2. Candidates should film all pieces in one continuous recording. Separate performances or edited videos will not be eligible for assessment.
3. Candidates need to introduce the song name before each song being performed.
4. Candidates need to upload the video and supporting documents to the Trinity online portal and marked remotely by an examiner

*Supporting documents*
– A song list with name of the songs and artists in the order you are performing them in (in Word format).
*If Own choice songs were used for Song 2, please remark them as “Own choice songs” in song list.
**Candidates must use a Technical focus song for Song 3, please remark them as “Technical focus song” in song list.
– Music scores and lyrics in English of Own choice songs (if applicable)

5. You will receive feedback and marks.
(Click here for syllabus)

Filming guidelines
– The submitted performance video has to be one continuous take, without editing separate takes together.
–  Candidates can prepare their recording device which is suitable for filming. You have to ensure that it can provide stable and clear view and sound.
– The camera should be positioned at the performer’s eye level, to ensure that the viewing angle doesn’t restrict the examiner’s view of the performance.
– You should film in a quiet room undisturbed by outside noise. Any internal noise should be kept to a minimum level. Consider turning nearby appliances off to ensure this, as well as devices such as fans and AC units.
– You should be facing the light, avoiding having any bright lights behind you such as a window, to ensure that the assessment by the examiner will not be affected.
– Candidates should do a sound check and recording test before filming the entire exam performance, to ensure the sound balance between the backing track and the performance.
– Lower the recording quality before you begin to record by turning HD off and change to 720P, if possible.
– Another person can operate the camera.
– Candidates who are interested in our exam room booking and recording service, please contact us by e-mail at info@trinitycollege.com.hk

Format of exam clip and supporting files
Clip format:MP4 / MOV

Supporting files format:JPEG / DOC / DOCX / PNG / PDF

Capacity limit of the performance video
Initial and Grade 1: 50MB
Grades 2 and 3: 100MB
Grades 4 and 5: 150MB
Grade 6: 200MB
Grade 7: 250MB
Grade 8: 300MB
Diplomas: 350MB

Labeling the video file
Graded exam: Yourname_Classical(instrument)_Grade(number)
Diploma exam: Yourname_Classical(instrument)_Diploma(ATCL/LTCL)
Rock & Pop exam: Yourname_R&P(instrument)_Grade(number)

Filming guidance for specific musical instruments

 

Woodwind and brass instruments: A side-on or diagonal camera angle is recommended. The candidate and full instrument must be in the camera view at all times. The candidate’s face and fingers should not be obscured by the instrument (trombone, tuba, trumpet, etc)


Strings instruments (including harp): 
For instruments where a chair is appropriate, the chair should not negatively affect the performance. The camera should have a clear view of the candidate’s face, bow and hands, as well as the pedals in the case of the harp.


Singers– classical and pop: 
The candidate’s whole body should be in view. Whether singing with or without a mic, it’s very important to do a sound check, to make sure you’re audible and well balanced with the backing track or accompanist, during the loudest and quietest moments.


Piano: 
Both hands and the full range of keys used in the piece should be in frame.


Drum Kit or Rock & Pop Drum: 
Both hands, feet and the whole of the drum kit should be in frame.


Guitar (including bass guitar): 
For instruments where a chair is appropriate, the chair should not negatively affect the performance.

For detailed guidelines, please visit:
https://www.trinitycollege.com/page/digital-performance/filming

Compressing Your Video File
You might need to compress the video file, for it to meet the size criteria on the online portal.

Candidates can use the free apps below to compress the video:

iPhone/iPad/iOS
Compress Videos & Resize Videos

Android
Video Transcoder

FAQs
https://www.trinitycollege.com/page/digital-performance/help

For UK official exam details and updates, please visit:
https://www.trinitycollege.com/page/digital-performance

Trinity (Hong Kong) Music Centre
14th July 2020