Introduction to the Performance Assessment
· Suitable for all standards
· Free choice of repertoire
· No technical work, sight-reading or aural tests
· Objective assessment with no marks, pass or fail
· Written report provided on the day
· Assessed by a specialist in the discipline
In our Performance Assessment for Scottish traditional music, there are no marks and no pass or fail: just independent feedback on your performance by a specialist in your discipline, written on the certificate that you receive at the end of your assessment.
We offer Performance Assessments in the following disciplines:
· Fiddle (playing the violin, viola or cello)
· Accordion (button or piano-key)
· Scottish harp or clarsach
You will be expected to perform a short programme of music entirely of your own choosing, lasting no longer than 10 minutes. The assessment will last about 15 minutes in total; the assessor will engage you in a brief introductory dialogue about your objectives, and will provide his or her written comments after your performance.
The Performance Assessment is perfect for:
· Young learners who would simply like a relaxed and unmarked introduction to the exam experience;
· Adult learners who may not wish to engage in an exams syllabus but would like a goal to work towards, or who would like to play to an examiner before considering exam entry;
· Teachers who may want a confidential assessment of their playing as part of their continuing professional development or who are approaching Scottish traditional music for the first time; and
· Candidates with specific support needs of any age who may not be able to access graded exams due to sensory impairments, learning difficulties or physical disabilities.
You can enter for a Performance Assessment in the same way as you would a graded exam.