QUOTE(deviless @ Jul 28 2006, 05:01 PM)
QUOTE(KixMusic @ Jul 28 2006, 02:32 PM)
Firstly - congratulations on you exam result!
But, and please don't be offended by this deviless, I just wonder how it is really possible to pass an exam overall and be classed as Grade 5 standard when the pass mark in 4 out of 6 elements wasn't reached? I understand that it is the cumulative mark that counts but I do find it hard to see how failing 4 out of 6 sections can result in an overall pass.
Anyway, congratulations again
I know, I wasn't happy with it, actually I was dissapointed, but after 4 attempts I'm too tired of the pieces to care. I'm doing well with some higher level pieces at the moment anyway. But I worked my socks off for that grade 5, I admit the 1st time I didn't work, but from then on I did, my scales got better, and I'm impressed by my sight reading mark. I always do badly on my aural so i'm not too bothered by that, so its the pieces, I need to look more at the dynamics and shaping of the music.
I don't know why it took me 4 goes though, I passed all the others 1st time (except grade 3 where my dad got me so nervous my hands died in the exam room)
I feel asthough i've cheated myself, because i know i can do better, and when I come on here and I see how everyone (or atleast it seems like everyone) is getting merits or distinctions, instead of making me determind to get better, it makes me feel depressed and that its not worth it.
I apprieciate what you had to say was very true, and you didn't know that I'm not in the happiest of moods at the moment, but I do feel a bit... erm... asthough that undermined my confidence a bit more. (and beleive me, I dont have much left)
Hey Deviless - chin up! I wasn't having a dig at you at all. I just sometimes feel the system could be clearer so that students can be helped to progress - like you said, you were disappointed at taking 4 goes. Wouldn't it have been useful to have a more in depth examiners critique on the previous exams (say like the Guildhall system or even a driving test!) that breaks it down as to what wasn't working for you. Ultimatley, I think getting 19 for your pieces could feel a big let down for you - so nearly there but not quite - why couldn't they have been rounded up to give you a pass?
I wasn't digging at you - I just think that it's harsh for an examiner to effectively say "there were a number of areas where you "nearly" got there but i'll pass you overall anyway" as it must make you feel a bit mixed at the result - why not find you an extra few marks and give 20, or 21 and give you a healthier looking 103?
I am glad you are doing well with the G6 and higher level stuff - I am sure you are ready to move on and continue to enjoy your music making. Please do continue, and don't be put off posting your grades again - my comment only said half of what i was actually thinking, and unforunately, it probably didn't make you feel to good - sorry!
Anyone out there think that the marks the last couple of sessions have generally been a bit lower? I do, some of my students I had thought might just be pushing for a merit came in around the 110 - 112 mark and I am not usually that far out.
Anyway, a pass is indeed a pass and when someone asks you what grade you are you will be able to proudly say Grade 5 so well done Deviless.