Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Music and Dyslexia Conference October 20th

Just to let you know that there is to be a day's 
Music and Dyslexia Conference on
Saturday October 20th
at Morley College, London.

Further details will be sent out in due course, but meantime, please 
save the date AND tell your friends and colleagues!

Monday, 27 November 2017

Lifetime Achievement Awards

Both Christine McRitchie Pratt and Sally Daunt have been given Lifetime Achievement Awards for their work on the music committee. 

The committee has a history going back 35 years (when it was part of the Music Advisory Servies of the Disabled Living Foundation) and we stand on the shoulders of giants such as Tim Miles, Margaret Hubicky, Violet Brand, Jean Augur, John
Westcombe and Sheila Oglethorpe. 

Royal Military School of Music

Rosemary Hodi and Sally Daunt from the music committee delivered a 3-hour training session at the Royal Military School of Music on Wednesday 22nd November at their invitation. A number of their trainers and some dyslexic students were present.

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Tuesday, 7 November 2017

A survey of music syllabuses including alternatives which may be suitable for students who are dyslexic or neuro-diverse in other ways



Only the four music examination boards which are recognised by Ofqual are included in this survey:
Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music; Rockschool; London College of Music; Trinity College of Music

Autumn 2017


Aspect of music syllabus


ABRSM

Rockschool (RSL)

London College of Music

Trinity College of Music

Music theory exams Grades 1 - 4
·       No rhythm writing or melody writing
·       All grades require reading and writing (words and music)
·       ‘Stave Music’: multisensory approach

Music theory requirement Grade 5 or above
·       Can do Grade 5 Musicianship instead
·       Can do jazz solo performance instead
·       Theory includes rhythm writing and melody writing
·       All grades require reading and writing (words and music)


Options other than single instrument/voice exam

·       Musical Theatre
·       Music theatre
·       Irish and Scottish traditional music
·       Chinese
·       Ensemble
·       Composition
·       School music performance
·       ALCM Piano duet and Piano Accompaniment
·       LLCM Piano Duet and Piano Accompaniment
·       Piano accompanying
ATCL Pro-Music Diplomas. [These are being withdrawn and will no longer be available after 31 December 2017.]

No scales/technical exercises
·       ARSM
·       Performance Certificate
·       Leisure play exams
·       Recital exams
·       Performance awards
·       DipLCM Concert
·       ALCM Recital
·       FLCM
·       Rock Guitar grades

No sight reading
·       Prep Test
·       Performance Assessment
·       ARSM
·       Performance Certificate
·       Grade exams: grades 1-5 improvisation and interpretation instead
·       Grade exams: grades 6-8 quick study instead
·       Pre-grade 1 exams
·       Leisure play exams
·       Recital exams: either viva voce or extra performance piece instead
·       Piano Duet
·       Bass Guitar
·       Electric Guitar
·       Ukulele
·       Irish Traditional Music
·       Scottish Traditional Music
·       Rock guitar: improvisation instead
·       DipLCM Concert
·       ALCM Recital option 1: written essay required
·       ALCM Recital option 2
·       ALCM Standard option 2: either viva voce or aural instead
·       LLCM Recital: programme notes required
·       LLCM Standard: provide programme notes and viva voce instead
·       FLCM
·       Acoustic Guitar - all diplomas: programme notes required
·       Grade exams (initial to Grade 5 only): aural, improvisation or musical knowledge instead. (NB aural includes having to look at a score)
·       Rock and pop exams all grades: improvising instead.
No aural
·       Prep Test
·       Performance Assessment
·       ARSM
·       Performance Certificate
·       Leisure play exams
·       Recital exams
·       Piano Duet grades 1 -5  
·       DipLCM Concert
·       ALCM Recital options
·       ALCM Standard option 2: either sight reading or viva voce instead
·       LLCM
·       FLCM
·       Acoustic Guitar: all diplomas: programme notes required


·       Grades 6 – 8: improvisation instead
No viva voce/discussion
·       ARSM
·       Performance Certificate
·       Recital exams: either sight-reading or extra performance piece required
·       Piano Duet grades 1 -5 
·       ALCM Standard option 2: either sight reading or aural instead
·       LLCM Recital
·       LLCM Standard: sight reading and programme notes instead
·       FLCM: programme notes required
·       Acoustic Guitar: all diplomas: programme notes required

No formal mark scheme; no pass/fail (comments only)
·       Prep Test
·       Performance Assessment

·       Pre-Grade 1

Choice of own piece(s)
·       Performance Assessment
·       ARSM: up to a third of the programme.
·       All Grade exams: 2 out of 3 pieces may be own choice
·       Performance Certificate:3 of 5 pieces may be own choice
·       Leisure play exams: 1 of 4 pieces own choice
·       Piano Duet grades 1 – 5: 1 of 3 pieces may be own choice
·       Piano Duet grade 7: 1 of 3 pieces must be own choice
·       Recital Diploma (need to submit programme for approval in advance)
Choice of own composition for performance

·       All Grade exams: 2 out of 3 pieces may be own compositions
·       Performance Certificate:3 of 5 pieces may be own compositions

LTCL Pro-Music Diplomas. [These are being withdrawn and will no longer be available after 31 December 2017.]
No public performance


·       Performance awards: assessment by D.V.D. (not live)


Assessment by DVD/ video



·       Performance awards: assessment by D.V.D. (not live)
ATCL and LTCL Pro-Music Diplomas. [These are being withdrawn and will no longer be available after 31 December 2017.]