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我們明白取消考試對考生的影響重大,我們一直致力尋求解決方法,以確保考生能儘早獲得相關資格。

 

但是,根據官方和地方政府就新型冠狀病毒病的建議,我們已決定取消澳門的所有術科考試,直至另行通知。此決定將影響已報考2020術科等級考試、文憑考試、合唱和合奏考試的所有考生,但目前不影響樂理考試。基於此決定,我們將為所有已報考術科考試的考生辦理100全數退款。我們的代表處將在適當時候提供進一步的指導。

 

對於取消考試對老師和考生造成的影響,我們感到抱歉,同時感謝各位在此艱難時期對我們的諒解和支持。我們會繼續檢視什麼時候可以再次在澳門再次舉行即場考核的術科考試。

 

我們全新以演奏為重點的遠程評估等級考試 將為考生在這非常時期,提供了另一種可以向前邁進的途徑。這個以演奏為重點的考試,無論在考試要求、資格認可和價值各方面,均等同於我們的術科等級考試。兩個考試的曲目和考綱相同,評估標準和質量保證準則一致,並且均由曾接受嚴格訓練的考官進行評估。這全新的考試預計將在今年年底以前,開放予澳門考生報名,他們從即時起可開始為考試進行錄影。請瀏覽我們網頁查閱更多有關考試的資訊

Jazz for beginners – what’s involved?

3 years ago
Tim Richards

Tim Richards

Tim Richards is a jazz pianist, composer, bandleader and educator. He is a contributor to the ABRSM Jazz Piano syllabus and has been a jazz examiner since its inception.

Jazz pianist and ABRSM examiner Tim Richards shares his experience of introducing jazz to a new audience.
In my activities as a jazz educator I meet many pianists who are striving to widen their approach and incorporate elements of jazz into their playing. Interest has often been sparked by the fully notated ‘jazzy’ pieces which are now routinely included in the ABRSM C List at most piano grades. But for me, improvisation is at the heart of jazz, and it used to be common in classical performance too. Perhaps there is a resurgence on the cards? In recent years I’ve been running short courses for classical piano teachers wishing to explore the ABRSM Jazz Piano syllabus. Many of them already have a love of jazz and wish to understand it better, but there are also those who like the idea of playing jazz but haven’t had a background of listening to it. Indeed, the huge variety of styles, from blues and ‘bebop’ to modal and ‘funk’, can be bewildering to the uninitiated. It can’t be stressed too strongly that listening to recordings is essential to develop your feel for the difference between, say Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett, or Oscar Peterson and Thelonious Monk, to name some of the most important pianists of the 20th century. We mustn’t forget that the origins of jazz are in dance music, and the concept of ‘groove’ is still all-important – as hinted at in the title of Duke Ellington’s It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing. Consequently jazz often has a metronomic approach to the pulse, rather different to the way much classical music breathes. Knowing where the beat is and being able to play around it, or syncopate, without losing the ‘one’, is an important skill for any jazz musician.

Most jazz players enjoy fooling around or ‘noodling’ on their instrument – that is how they developed improvisational ability as young musicians, by not being afraid to experiment. Many good improvisers are also composers – these two disciplines are often considered two sides of the same coin. Jazz gives you the opportunity to express yourself by having some creative input into the piece you’re playing. This aspect has been given full reign in the ABRSM Jazz syllabus, in which pieces can initially be played as given, but you are expected to introduce variations or embellishments on the recap. As stated at the front of the Jazz Piano pieces books: ‘Exact repetition should be avoided … the candidate may expand upon the given material, using other pitches, voicings and configurations’. Does this sound scary? Or liberating? An important skill to develop is the ability to play what you hear, and in this context aural tests can become a key part of the lesson/exam experience. The final (and most fun) part of a jazz exam involves playing a duet with the examiner, swapping two-bar phrases in call and response over an underlying groove. I strongly encourage all teachers to incorporate such games into every lesson! You can even make scales and arpeggios fun, by putting them into a harmonic and rhythmic context. This kind of activity lays the foundation for acquiring key jazz skills and developing a more flexible approach to music. Tim’s next course on the ABRSM Jazz Piano Syllabus is being run by Benslow Music in Hertfordshire, UK from 4 to 6 August 2017. You can read about his jazz and blues piano books here.  Discover the ABRSM Jazz syllabus

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