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#46 jenny

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Posted 16 July 2019 - 19:54

I'm pretty sure the suggestion was that they would all be using ipads...


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Posted 17 July 2019 - 06:56

I'm pretty sure the suggestion was that they would all be using ipads...

 

Yes, iPads with a stylus pen so no clacking of keyboards to disturb the playing. An examiner friend told me that this is planned from January next, but that there was a feeling that having only the six weeks or so of period C for trialling the new system will not be long enough.


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Posted 17 July 2019 - 19:58

I was told rather vaguely "Next year." That for me would mean next July. I have never used a stylus pen or an ipad. How does it work? do you write normally but the programme turns this into print? I can't imagine that tapping letters with a pen would be fast enough. Or are they simply going to select a remark from a preprepared remark bank?


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Posted 17 July 2019 - 20:33

I've also heard mutterings about word banks. Be careful what you wish for - the comments may become even more bland and anodyne than at present, even if they are more legible. A bit like that undergrad 'philosophy 'question - 'Is it better to write a  brilliant essay that no-one can read or a boring one that everyone can read?'


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Posted 18 July 2019 - 06:01

The word bank has been in existence for some years which explains certain written words and phrases being used over and over again. Still, so long as it prevents the punters challenging results then that's ok, isn't it?
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#51 jenny

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Posted 18 July 2019 - 08:21

I've also heard mutterings about word banks. Be careful what you wish for - the comments may become even more bland and anodyne than at present, even if they are more legible. A bit like that undergrad 'philosophy 'question - 'Is it better to write a  brilliant essay that no-one can read or a boring one that everyone can read?'

 

I must say that although I struggled to read this examiner's comments, at least the comments are mainly positive and don't seem to have come from a word bank. There was a definite lack of punctuation, however. And no general comment at the end.   


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Posted 18 July 2019 - 09:36

Can some kind sould decode "tonal uneveness" for me? Ta.


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Posted 18 July 2019 - 10:05

Can some kind sould decode "tonal uneveness" for me? Ta.


Your tone varied and wasn't always as good as it could have been (tone quality, not tone colouring).
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Posted 18 July 2019 - 11:30

Can some kind sould decode "tonal uneveness" for me? Ta.

I would think it refers to unevenness in sound quality, some notes "sticking out" or suddenly sounding too weak within the rise and fall of phrases. Perhaps a pp may sound weak or timid rather than soft and full, a crescendo may start too strongly in relation to the previous phrase, or its peak may sound too harsh and accented - in piano due to uneven finger pressure/arm/hand movements? (I'm not a teacher but have had similar crit in lessons.)

With flute my new teacher has pointed this out as a consistent flaw, that for some reason I often interrupt the airflow and kind of back off the sound after the first note of phrases, often coinciding with certain finger changes.
My merciless teachers will sometimes do an exaggerated imitation of what I'm doing - this usually brings it home! Sob.
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Posted 19 July 2019 - 09:39

I have never used a stylus pen or an ipad. How does it work? do you write normally but the programme turns this into print?

 

You write on the screen with the stylus (or e-pencil, which is what I think the board are using) and the result is an electronic document that reproduces the handwriting. Advantages include the fact that examiners can make corrections (currently they have to rewrite the entire marksheet if they make a mistake), and once the sheet is finalised it can be transmitted electronically to the board, saving the cost and delay of postage.

 

It is possible for the device to turn the handwriting into print, but I don't know if the ABRSM are intending to use that facility. See:

https://www.youtube....h?v=rIwscGQuEZc


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