QUOTE(YanLi @ Sep 13 2012, 10:09 AM)
I am very new to the forum and Dip. Teaching preparation. One question is I'm learning every song in G6 Song book called The Art of Song, Grade 6, my teacher said i also need order another book called 30 Italian Songs and Arias of 17th & 18 th Centuries.( my teacher is also new to ABRSM Dip. system.) is that correct approach towards vocal teaching Dip. exam?
Seer-Green, thank you for your posts, i read a lot of yours. Do i bring G6 pieces prepared in advace by myself each from list ABCD or examiner point out any piece he wants me to demonstrate from my books?
I'm not sure what the idea is behind learning all those songs. The only performance you need to do in your exam is an extract from the grade 6 pieces. You must prepare all 4 songs as if you were doing a grade 6, but you will not be asked to sing all 4 all the way through the way you would in a grade exam, and you don't get an accompanist. The examiner will pick selections, say if he/she want you to talk specifically about breath control he/she will pick a section from a song which has a particularly tricky breath control element in it, you demonstrate your singing then the examiner asks how you might prepare a candidate to sing that way. You will not be asked to perform anything except those extracts from the 4 chosen grade 6 list pieces. If, however, you feel that giving a demonstration will help at any other point in your exam then feel free to do so, if the examiner is asking you about articulation and you would usually do a demo for a pupil, do a demo for the examiner.
Don't concentrate too much on the grade 6 material, you need to have a good grasp of all the material from total beginner to grade 6, including some grade exam pieces from grades 1-5, any technical skills and the aural tests required for those grades and sight-reading requirements for each grade level. You will need to understand what sort of difficulty level you are aiming at for the traditional song so that you can help a grade 1 candidate pick a suitable song that is not too hard, a grade 4 candidate pick a song which will not be penalised for being too easy.
You will need to have clear explanation skills, think about how you would explain musical terms and techniques to someone with no experience. If a young pupil came to you really struggling to get to the end of a phrase in one breath, what exercises would you do together? If an adult pupil were finding it extremely tricky to work out where to come back in after a short rest in a syncopated song, what different techniques would you employ to help?
I wonder if where the teacher is going with learning all the songs in a grade 6 level book is preparation for the Quick Study part of the exam. You will be required to sing something from approximately grade 6 level with 5 minutes of preparation time. Perhaps your teacher is trying to get you prepared for this part of the exam, but there really isn't much to be gained from preparing lots of grade 6 level songs if you give yourself too long to look at them, you need to get used to doing it in the 5 minute time slot you will be allowed. Usually people start with lower grade material, practicing all the way through from about grade 3 to grade 7. Draw from all sources to help you do this without spending too much money, library books, songs you find online, choral scores if necessary, just lots of practice in sight-reading but going that extra mile. You are trying to make a performance of this piece, you will be expected to respond to all the given markings and also sing with appropriate phrasing and expression to suit the character of the piece.