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Grade 1 Oboe

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Pieces

Pieces element: first piece

This is the first of three pieces the candidate chose to perform in her Grade 1 Oboe exam.

The candidate is playing Tallis's A Point (A7 from the Oboe syllabus for 2014).

Use the marking criteria on-screen while you watch and assess this section. Mark the performance by selecting the relevant button below.

Marking criteria

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Distinction
Merit
Pass
Below Pass
  • Pitch Highly accurate notes and intonation
  • Time Fluent, with flexibility where appropriate
  • Time Rhythmic character well conveyed
  • Tone Well projected
  • Tone Sensitive use of tonal qualities
  • Shape Expressive, idiomatic musical shaping and detail
  • Performance Assured
  • Performance Fully committed
  • Performance Vivid communication of character and style
  • Pitch Largely accurate notes and intonation
  • Time Sustained, effective tempo
  • Time Good sense of rhythm
  • Tone Mainly controlled and consistent
  • Tone Good tonal awareness
  • Shape Clear musical shaping, well-realised detail
  • Performance Positive
  • Performance Carrying musical conviction
  • Performance Character and style communicated
  • Pitch Generally correct notes
  • Pitch Sufficiently reliable intonation to maintain tonality
  • Time Suitable tempo
  • Time Generally stable pulse
  • Time Overall rhythmic accuracy
  • Tone Generally reliable
  • Tone Adequate tonal awareness
  • Shape Some realisation of musical shape and/or detail
  • Performance Generally secure, prompt recovery from slips
  • Performance Some musical involvement
  • Pitch Frequent note errors
  • Pitch Insufficiently reliable intonation to maintain tonality
  • Time Unsuitable and/or uncontrolled tempo
  • Time Irregular pulse
  • Time Inaccurate rhythm
  • Tone Uneven and/or unreliable
  • Tone Inadequate tonal awareness
  • Shape Musical shape and detail insufficiently conveyed
  • Performance Insecure, inadequate recovery from slips
  • Performance Insufficient musical involvement

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