QUOTE(CMORRIS @ Nov 30 2005, 04:17 PM)
Can you tell me a little bit more about why you prefer the LCM syllabus?
I've just started using the LCM Grade 1 with one of my pupils. Not because I prefer it to ABRSM but I exhausted all the Grade 1 ABRSM pieces in my attempts to get him to practise so he could do an exam, which he keeps insisting he wants to do. Thought a change of syllabus might enthuse him!!!!
There are, however, a couple of things that I do like about the syllabus, but please bear in mind that my experience is only of Grade 1. I like the fact that all the exam requirements come in one book - the scales, pieces, some sight reading exercises, a few aural test examples, sample viva voce questions and some hints on performing the pieces, so they know from the start exactly what they have to do, and it's all there for them, easy to access.
I particularly like the viva voce as an integral part of the LCM exam. It's so easy in a half hour lesson to concentrate only on the playing of the notes and to ignore any analysis of the pieces being played. It also provides a basis for theory, introducing the link between theory and practical, a link which children often can't see. I also feel it can be a way of involving the parents more in their child's musical education. Even if they are not musical and not able to tell whether the pupils is giving the right answers, they can at least ask questions and show an interest.
The types of question asked at Grade 1 are below - I've cut and pasted them from the online syllabus on the LCM site
"Simple questions asking candidates to identify basic terms and signs including: the treble and bass clef and the stave; bars and bar lines; note values; pitch names; location and purpose of the key signature and time signature. All as occurring in the music performed"
I will be sticking with ABRSM, but would welcome a viva voce section to the exam.