QUOTE(Seer_Green @ Sep 10 2011, 05:08 PM)
I think these are an excellent idea, and I can see that they would definitely appeal to some super-nervous adult candiates. I can also see their value for teachers who want an independent assessment of their skills, for example, on a second instrument. They won't suit everyone, but then no exam will do that. I think that LCM have been quite bold in offering this - I can't see it being anything the AB choose to do anytime soon!
OK, I'm a bit nervous about the technology, but I don't think it's impossible, and would be useful to learn anyway.
I have slight reservations about it at the moment. I'm sure we've all had pupils, and parents, who've found the sight-reading, aural and/or scales tedious and - to them - irrelevant, and have asked "why can't we have an exam which is just for how well you can play your music?"
Since it now seems you can, why would anyone bother to get themselves examined in the supporting tests? Maybe they're a vital part of showing yourself to be a well-rounded musician, but the pupils/parents I mentioned above are quite likely to say "but I don't want to be a well-rounded musician, whatever that is, I just want to be a violinist/clarinettist/pianist"
Particularly in the lower grades, what is to prevent the all-rounder music exam from falling out of favour completely? After all, you get a certificate for this Performance assessment just as you do for the "proper" grade. There may be certain institutions which will only accept the "all-rounder" qualification, but will this soon only be something people bother with if they are wanting to go on to further training?
'Tis the beginning o' the end, I tell ye!