Processes are limited in range, repetitive and familiar, employing recall and a narrow range of knowledge and cognitive skills. These are applied in activities which are closely supervised by the teacher.
Examiners will use these criteria in assessing all level 1 entrants.
Comfortable and well balanced posture and relationship with the instrument.
Appropriate hand and arm position with flexible use of arms and hands.
Shifting action showing an awareness of inner ear ability and some knowledge of the finger board.
Beginning to acquire:
Co-ordination of finger action and bowing movements
Systematic fingering in scales
Accurate and prompt performance of all technical work
at the minimum tempo or faster with bowing patterns as specified in the Essential Technique for Violin - Edward Pople (available from the NZMEB office).
Performance from memory as listed in Essential Technique for Violin.
Performance of the technical work at the minimum tempo or faster
Awareness of underlying pulse in the pieces
Awareness of the dynamic range of the instrument
Accurate and fluent performance of pieces
Awareness and control of dynamics, tempo and articulations
Accurate intonation and consistency of pitch
Ability to use the whole and segments of the bow as appropriate
Awareness of resonance and clear sound quality which is well projected
Position changes as appropriate for the grade showing knowledge of the fingerboard.
Development of appropriate bow strokes.
Evidence of vibrato being explored and encouraged.