QUOTE(andante_in_c @ Aug 22 2006, 01:52 PM)
I've just been looking at the now complete recorder syllabus on the Trinity Guildhall website, and I confess to being a little disappointed.
The preliminary information given out earlier this year made it sound as though candidates would be able to choose whether to play the supporting tests on descant or treble, provided that the other instrument was used for some of the pieces. However, this is not the case for Grades 6-8, where the scales or alternatice study have to be played on treble, with the sight reading played on either descant or treble at the examiner's choice.
This means rather more work in preparation for the examination, if sight reading has to be practised on both instruments. It also means candidates will have to be very proficient at switching instruments to read unprepared material - a useful skill for a recorder player, but rather more than has been demanded so far.
What do others think?
It would at least go against the ideas being kicked around that TG are dumbing down...
I can see that it makes more work, but I do also think that switching ought to be part of a recorder player's skill-set...says she, who constantly makes bloops at this one! I haven't been able to persuade my pupil to try some descant-playing from time to time, either (she doesn't want to do exams anyway) and am frustrated that I can't introduce her to some of the gems I've enjoyed because they're for a C instrument. I'm too stretched otherwise to do a whole lot of transposing for her...I'm not a consort-minded player, but I should have thought for consort playing it would also make it much more interesting if everyone could swap around a bit, instead of sticking with the same instrument all the time.
I wonder if the sightreading will be pitched at an appropriate level of difficulty, to take account of the fact that candidates have to be able to switch?