Processes require a range of developing skills within a range of familiar contexts. These are applied using relevant theoretical knowledge, interpretative skills, discretion and judgment within a range of known responses to familiar problems. Although activities are directed by the teacher, learners have significant responsibility for the quantity and quality of output.
Examiners will use these criteria in assessing all level 3 entrants.
Comfortable and well balanced posture demonstrating considerable ease in the relationship with the instrument.
Appropriate hand and finger shape with fingers held close to the keys and use of alternative fingerings where appropriate.
Technical facility, to allow:
Accurate and prompt performance from memory of all technical work at the minimum tempo or faster
Systematic fingering in technical work
Independent articulation of the fingers
Increasing control of co-ordination of the hands and tongue
A well developed sense of pulse to allow accurate performance of rhythmic figures.
Increased control of variations in tempo, tone and articulations
A developing sense of phrasing, style and ornamentation as appropriate to each musical period.
Increased awareness of intonation and breath support