SONGS

The marks for the songs are made up of three different assessment areas:

Assessment area Criteria Songs 1 & 2 Song 3 Technical focus
Fluency & Musical Detail Sense of pulse, synchronisation with backing track, continuity, rhythm, notes, dynamics, phrasing, articulation 8 8
Technical Control All instruments and Vocals:
balance, tone, sound quality, co-ordination, expressive shaping of phrases, use of instrumental resources
8 12
Bass & Guitar:

bends, slides, vibrato, use of fx pedals and amp

8 12
Drums:

stick control, rudiments, posture, independence of hands and feet, use of the kit

8 12
Keyboards:

pedalling, fingering, use of function keys

8 12
Vocals:

breathing, diction, intonation, use of microphone

8 12
Communication & Style Giving a confident performance, being musically engaged, feel and expression, communicating the musical mood and character, demonstrating stylistic awareness in ad libs, fills, improvised bars and solos 9 10
  TOTAL 25 30

SESSION SKILLS

Candidates choose one of the two Session skills. Each is marked out of 20:

Component Criteria Total mark
Playback How accurately and fluently the candidate performs the music 20
OR
Improvising How effectively the candidate creates an original response to a backing track 20

MARK BANDS

Mark band Song  1 Song 2 Song 3 Session skills TOTAL
TOTAL MARKS AVAILABLE 25 25 30 20 100
Distinction 22 22 26 17 87
Merit 19 19 22 15 75
Pass 15 15 18 12 60
Below Pass 1 11 11 14 9 45
Below Pass 2 below 11 below 11 below 14 below 9 below 45

You’ll find more details about the marking criteria on the Syllabus page.

Demo of different instruments, please refer to:

BASS   DRUMS   GUITARS  KEYBOARDS   VOCALS  GROUPS