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We appreciate how much the cancellation of our exams has affected learners and we are working hard on solutions to ensure learners can gain their qualifications at the earliest opportunity.

However, on the basis of official and local advice due to COVID-19, we have made the decision to cancel all Practical exams in Macau until further notice. This decision affects all 2020 bookings for Graded Music Exams, ARSM, Diploma, Choral Singing and Ensemble exams, but does not currently affect any bookings for Music Theory exams. Following this decision, we will process 100% refunds for all existing Practical exam bookings and our Representatives will provide further guidance in due course.

We are sorry for the impact on teachers and candidates and thank you for your loyalty and support while these restrictions remain in place. We are continuing to review when live Practical exams can resume in Macau and will offer them again at the earliest possible opportunity.

Our new remotely-assessed Performance Grades provide an alternative progression route for students during this period of disruption. The Performance Grades are equivalent to our Practical Grades in demand, recognition and value. They are based on the same repertoire and syllabuses, assessment criteria and quality assurance measures as our existing exams and will be assessed by the same highly trained examiners. Booking will open in Macau before the end of the year and you can record your video submission any time from now on. Find out more here.

Getting the recognition your students deserve 獲取學生應得的認可

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2020 has been a challenging year for all of us and we share your disappointment in not being able to run face-to-face exams as originally planned in your country. We have worked hard to provide a new, digital solution to help your students to progress and get the recognition they deserve. We are pleased to introduce our new Performance Grades; these new, remotely-assessed exams focus on developing skills in programming and performing. They will be available to enter in your country before the end of the year.

2020年對我們來說是充滿挑戰的一年,我們和你一樣對於無法如期在你的國家舉行面對面考試感到失望。我們努力提供一個全新和電子化的解決方法去幫助學生繼續學習並獲取他們應得的認可。我們很高興介紹全新的等級演奏考試。這遙距評核考試會以節目設計和演奏技巧為焦點。它將會在今年底在你的國家供考。

Because of the nature of the exam, you are able to make your recordings any time from now on and then submit them for assessment as soon as the exam period opens.

由於這考試的性質,你可以從現在起的任何時間製作錄影,然後在考期開始後呈交作評核。

Recording your student’s performance

學生演奏的錄影

Performance Grades are assessed from recordings that you and your student create, so we are able to offer flexibility and accessibility. The recordings can be made at home, at school or in a community setting – perfect for all ages with the freedom to choose where to record the performance. The remote nature of these assessments means you can have confidence that they will go ahead as planned even when face-to-face exams cannot. If you are going to be making a recording in advance, it’s important that everyone involved has read the full guidance carefully – this is available on our website.

等級演奏考試是評核你與學生錄製的影片,所以有彈性和可供性高。錄影可以在家中、學校或社區環境進行 一 適合所有年齡人士,而且可以自由選擇演奏錄影地點。當面對面考試不能舉行時,這種遙距性質的評估讓你有信心考試可以如計劃進行。如果你想提早錄製影片,請大家務必仔細閱讀網站提供的全面指引。

The Performance Grades have been designed to enable progression; after this period of disruption, they are an opportunity for your students to sit the exams they have worked so hard towards, receive a certificate, and progress on to their next grade. Students will need to prepare an additional own-choice piece or song to make a total of four pieces for their programme – they should choose something they love playing, where they can show off their performing skills.

等級演奏考試的設計讓學習進度得以保持,在一段時間的停擺後,提供機讓學生參與考試、獲得證書,並繼續往前。學生需要多預備一首自選樂曲或歌曲,構成一個總共有四首作品的節目。他們應該選擇一些自己喜愛的音樂,從而展示他們的演奏技巧。

Progressing through the grades

進級

When face-to-face exams resume, you and your students can choose to switch between Practical and Performance Grades as they continue to progress.

當面對面考試恢復時,你和你的學生可以在進級時從等級術科考試與等級演奏考試中選擇。

The Performance Grades are equivalent in demand, recognition and value as a qualification, but with a different emphasis. They are based on the same repertoire and syllabuses, assessment criteria and quality assurance measures as our existing exams and will be assessed by the same highly trained examiners.

等級演奏考試的要求、認可和價值是相等的,只是重點有異。兩個考試是基於同一套曲目和考試大綱,與我們現行考試的評分標準和質素監控措施相同,亦會由受嚴格訓練的考官作評核。

We believe that a thorough understanding of the elements of music is essential for a fully convincing performance at the higher grades. Therefore, a pass at ABRSM Grade 5 or above is required in either Music Theory, Practical Musicianship or any Practical Music solo Jazz instrument before learners can enter for a Grade 6, 7 or 8 exam.

我們深信在較高級要達致完全有說服力的演奏必須要對音樂元素有透徹的理解。所以需要先通過五級或以上樂理、音樂修養或任何獨奏爵士樂器的術科才能參加六、七、八級考試。

In addition, we know your students will have worked hard preparing their scales, as well as developing their sight-reading and aural skills. These technical elements are the building blocks for any performer – a firm grasp of these essential skills will therefore support your student’s success in the new Performance Grades as well!

此外,我們知道你的學生已非常努力預備音階、視奏、聽力等技能,這些都是任何演奏者的基礎,要成功考獲這新的等級演奏考試必須穩妥地掌握這些核心技能。

What the examiner is looking for

考官的要求

These new assessments are the perfect opportunity to develop your student’s musical identity as a performer. As with our Practical Grades, a total of 150 marks will be available overall:

這種新的評估是發展學生成為演奏者的音樂特質一個很好的機會。與等級術科考試一樣,總分是150分。

  • The four pieces/songs will be marked individually with a maximum of 30 marks for each. 四首樂曲/歌曲會被獨立評分,每首樂曲滿分是30分。
  • Examiners will use our established criteria to mark each piece/song, assessing the key ingredients of music-making: pitch, time, tone, shape and performance. 考官會以我們已出版的評分標準為每首樂曲/歌曲評分,評核主要音樂範疇:音高、節拍、音色、輪廓和表現。
  • Finally, there are 30 marks available for the ‘performance as a whole’ – the examiner will be assessing communication, interpretation and delivery across the entire programme. 最後30分是評核“整體演出",考官會評核整個節目的傳達、演繹和實現。

As experienced performers themselves, our examiners are here to help you, to help your students flourish.

我們的考官作為有經驗的演奏者,會協助你和你的學生綻放光芒。

Find out more and read our FAQs

更多資訊及閱讀常見問題

We are passionate that Performance Grades will enable your students to finish the year on a high note, achieving the recognition and certificate they deserve. You can find out more – including how to record your submission in advance – here on our website.

我們很高興這等級演奏考試能讓你的學生在今年更上一層樓、獲取他們應得的認可和證書。網站,你可以找到更多有關如何提早錄製和呈交影片。

We have also produced a letter about Performance Grades for parents, which you may find useful to share with them as you discuss and plan the next steps for your students. The parent letter can be found here.

我們已向家長們發信通知有關等級演奏考試,你可以跟他們分享,討論並計劃學生下一步的學習。家長信可以在這裏找到。

We hope you enjoy exploring our new Performance Grades and in the meantime, keep well and stay safe!

我們希望你會享受探索新的等級演奏考試。祝君安好!

Ryan Lewis

South & East Asia Regional Consultant

ABRSM

東南亞區域顧問

英國皇家音樂學院聯合委員會

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