Processes require a wide range of technical skills involving a considerable choice of procedures in a variety of familiar and un-familiar contexts. The learning demands a broad knowledge base incorporating some theoretical concepts and analytical interpretation of information. The learning demand requires informed judgment within a range of innovative responses to concrete but often unfamiliar problems. Learners have complete responsibility for the quantity and quality of output under broad guidance and evaluation from their teacher.
Examiners will use these criteria in assessing all level 4 entrants. In addition to those criteria at level 1, 2, & 3 the entrants will demonstrate:
Accurate and fluent performance throughout.
Well developed rhythmic stability and vitality.
Secure position changes and finger placement showing a developed inner ear ability.
Developing exploration of the dynamic range of the instrument.
A well projected, resonant, full and clear sound quality.
A developing projection of the style and character of chosen works
Sensitivity to subtleties of nuance, rubato and ornamentation
Accurate intonation and developed awareness of fine pitch discrimination.
Further development and refinement of specific bowing techniques eg detaché, legato, staccato, staccato jete, martelé, spiccato, hook strokes, sautillé and up-bow staccato.
Knowledge of natural and artificial harmonics.
Developing competence in the use of vibrato as a tool for enhanced tone and musical expression.