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Music grades: what's your average (pass, merit, distinction)

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    Violin
    Grade 1: distinction
    Grade 2: distinction
    Grade 3: distinction
    Grade 4: merit
    Grade 5: merit

    So my average is distinction (although perhaps not for long). Not going to lie, I was dissapointed with my merit even though I knew I performed pretty badly in the exam. I'll just have to make up fot it with distinctions in grades 6-8

    Also, do you prefer ABRSM or Trinity, and have you found any differences in diffulty level?
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    (Original post by Chaofan88)
    I'll just have to make up fot it with distinctions in grades 6-8
    I wouldn't be expecting anything special in 6-8 just because of your previous results,
    I had a similar run as you but in my grade 8 I got my all time lowest score... (Though I did it on the same day, same examiner and same instrument as my friend who's going to music college and he only beat me by two marks, so it can't be that bad :P)

    Grade 8 is a beast of an exam and you shouldn't go into it half heartedly.

    (All my exams were done with ABRSM)
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    I've always done ABRSM although people are recommending trinity for me now...

    violin
    grade 1 - distinction
    grade 2 - distinction
    grade 3 - distinction (139/150!)
    grade 4 - merit
    grade 5 - distinction (139 again)
    grade 6 - merit
    grade 7 - on course for distinction hopefully...

    Descant recorder
    (with no lessons/teaching)
    grade 5 - distinction (139 again... I WILL HIT 140 one day!!)
    unfortunately g5 is highest you can go

    Treble recorder
    (completely self taught, went straight in at grade 6)
    grade 6 - distinction
    grade 7/grade 8 to be taken soon... havent decided which to do yet, idk whether its worth doing 7. such are the joys of having no teacher!

    Might do some piano exams as well, probably should haha
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    My Average for all my instruments together is a merit. I have received a distinction twice on the flute grade 4&5
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    It was distinction till about grade 4 or 5, when my grade was relegated by my singing skills
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    I think I'm averaging a merit (albeit a low one). I had really high merits on all my lower and middle grades, but low merits on all my higher grades (6 and 7), except for my grade 8 - horrendously low pass. 100/150. :eek: There seems to be a correlation on all my instruments that I'm gradually doing worse in exams.

    Oh well, at least most non-musical people don't know about the pass/merit/distinction boundaries so I can impress them with "I've done grade 8". (It does get slightly awkward when musical people reply with "oooh, did you get a decent mark?" :nothing:)
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    I'm pretty sure I average out on a merit, quite a high one possibly. I can remember getting at least two distinctions, and quite a number of merits too. This is piano btw.
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    (Original post by Pedro-the-dude)
    I wouldn't be expecting anything special in 6-8 just because of your previous results,
    I had a similar run as you but in my grade 8 I got my all time lowest score... (Though I did it on the same day, same examiner and same instrument as my friend who's going to music college and he only beat me by two marks, so it can't be that bad :P)

    Grade 8 is a beast of an exam and you shouldn't go into it half heartedly.

    (All my exams were done with ABRSM)
    I was (mostly) joking there. The problem is I didn't really prepare that much for grade 5 and my voice completely screwed up on the day (14/18 for aural- I usually get 17-18 ) I'm capable of getting distinction, but I didn't practice properly and let my nerves get the better of me which is why I'm a little disappointed. I think simply passing grade 8 is a massive achievement
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    (Original post by Gemma :)!)
    ..I have this obsession with learning new instruments, but I got bored before I get to a hugely good standard. Cornet is the main one I am keeping up. Can't decide what to learn next; I want G1 in as many instruments as possible. I know, I lead a sad, sad life.
    Same! One of my lifetime ambitions is to do grade 8 in as many instruments as possible. No one understands me when I tell them that.

    (I think I might have just out-sadded you...?)
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    Grade B: Music GCSE. I'd say that's pass?
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    (Original post by Lintu93)
    Same! One of my lifetime ambitions is to do grade 8 in as many instruments as possible. No one understands me when I tell them that.

    (I think I might have just out-sadded you...?)
    Not out-sadded, you just have more staying power I get bored of new instruments once I know what they can do, and it just makes me want to move onto something else :')
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    Grade 3 Piano: Merit
    Grade 4 Piano: Distinction
    Grade 5 Piano: Merit
    Grade 5 Theory: Distinction (Full marks, OH YEAH! )
    Grade 6 Piano: Distinction
    Grade 7 Piano: Distinction (by one mark :L)
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    Well, I passed my Grade 2 Piano :cool:
    And got a merit for Grade 6 singing.

    I'm really not very musical
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    Not a fan of music exams. Music shouldn't be about scoring points.
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    Merit.
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    (Original post by Billy Pilgrim)
    Not a fan of music exams. Music shouldn't be about scoring points.
    This.
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    Piano
    1- merit
    2- Distinction
    3- Distinction
    4- Merit
    5- Merit

    Violin
    1-Merit
    2-Pass
    3-Merit
    4-Merit
    5-Merit

    I usually get merit which I'm pleased with. But i did get a distinction in my Grade 5 theory last year which I was surprised about
    I have usually always done ABRSM, however for the Grade 7 in Violin I am doing in the summer term I am doing it on Trinity. Whereas I am doing the same grade in Piano on ABRSM. I would say Trinity is easier as you don't have to do scales ( extracts from tricky orchestral pieces instead) and the aurals are a bit different. I prefer the pieces in ABRSM, or maybe its just the piano that I prefer
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    (Original post by Gemzaar)
    I have usually always done ABRSM, however for the Grade 7 in Violin I am doing in the summer term I am doing it on Trinity. Whereas I am doing the same grade in Piano on ABRSM. I would say Trinity is easier as you don't have to do scales (extracts from tricky orchestral pieces instead) and the aurals are a bit different. I prefer the pieces in ABRSM, or maybe its just the piano that I prefer
    Yes, I'd say that Trinity is easier too (well, for the clarinet at least). No scales - and I thought that the orchestral extracts (the ones I did for grade 7) were easier than scales could ever be, slightly because they were nice tunes that were so much more fun than scales. Personally I think the pieces for grade 7 clarinet on Trinity were easier than the respective ABRSM music too.

    Plus there's no singing in the aural! :awesome:
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    I got distinctions at lower grades, then it dropped to merits/passes when the grades got harder and I practised less. Probably averaged a low merit/high pass overall I'd say.
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    (Original post by Billy Pilgrim)
    Not a fan of music exams. Music shouldn't be about scoring points.
    I agree with you here mate. I can't stand musicians who hold themselves above you if you have a lower grade/markin a particular grade, especially in genres or styles where grades aren't really applicable i.e. Jazz or rock music. How does a slightly higher mark in grade 8 violin give you the right to call yourself a better jazz musician/Improviser ON A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT INSTRUMENT!? Ok rant over.

    That said, here are my grades:

    Theory:

    5 Distinction

    Trombone:

    1 Distinction
    2 Distinction
    3 Distinction
    4 Merit ( :mad: )
    5 Distinction
    6 Skipped
    7 Distinction
    8 Distinction

    Piano:

    1 Pass
    2 Merit
    3 Merit
    4 Merit
    5 Pass
    6 Distinction
    7 Distinction

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