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 [These are being withdrawn and will no longer be available after 31 December 2017.]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.]






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