I successfully failed my Grade V piano exam this afternoon with a number of fluffs, flops and pancakes appearing in my scales and pieces.
But I was wondering, since I have never taken a musical exam before (excluding GCSE), how well does a candidate have to perform in order to gain a pass, merit or distinction? For example, today I had to restart my Eb Minor scale and my A-List piece, Rondo in E by Hook, which, the second time through, was nowhere near perfect. How is this likely to affect my overall mark?
I'd constantly been told that I was a distinction candidate, that I had a "gift" for music yet when I walked into the exam room, the beautiful Boston upright, the environment, the examiner sitting behind me and the general aura threw me. I know you guys all say that the examiners take all this into consideration, but how much lee-way do they actually give?
Excuse my post-exam depression