DipABRSM diploma Watch

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rieuwa
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Hello!

I was wondering whether anyone was doing this diploma from the associated board?
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I'm not but would like to do one in saxophone possibly...in about 5 years time!
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I'm diong my clarinet one whenever I get round to finding myself another teacher
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Hello

I am working for the clarinet performance diploma. I just did a music degree so I should be at the right standard. I am trying to choose a balanced programme, then I have to do programme notes and prepare for the viva voce. Sadly it will take a while as I am off to do a masters degree now, but hopefully it will be within the next two years.
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The thing that worries me...is the standard you have to be at. It's immensly high...I feel like I'll never get there
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yes i've done the piano one once when i was in year 10 and failed it and then cried myself to death and then rested for 1 year from all the exam crap! because before that i had only gotten distinction for all my graded exams (143/150 for grade 8!)

well, and then i decided to do the exam again last year (start of yr12) and only managed a pass. i think that the TRINITY board exams are much, much easier.
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To even attempt it in year 10 is amazing! You sound really good!
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I did the DipLCM (the london college version) diploma on piano a couple of months ago - hard work but it paid off - really enjoyed the exam as well, which was odd!
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I was just wondering.. I have it on piano this tuesday.. not quite sure what to expect really...
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Make sure you know your programme notes thouorghly and be prepared for any question they throw at you!

Good luck!

What pieces are you playing?
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(Original post by sexysax)
Make sure you know your programme notes thouorghly and be prepared for any question they throw at you!

Good luck!

What pieces are you playing?
Thanks!

I'm playing:

2 Scarlatti sonatas
Beethoven's Sonata in F minor op.2. no.1
Gershwin's Preludes II and III (great fun)
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I'm doing my DipABRSM flute in july next year. I'm really looking forward to it although its going to be alot of work!!!!
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hi sheephirl!! :p:

Have you any ideas on pieces for you Dip?

I'd do the Rutter Suite Antique- it's fab!
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I did the DipABRSM last year (in year 12) I was going to do LRSM this year but I couldn't afford it (£300 for the exam and I have to pay an accompanist) so hopefully I'll do it next year. I hate the way it's so expensive!
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Sexysax - Yeh I played the aria and waltz from suite antique for grade 8. I'm hoping this time to play the Handal sonnata in G, 5 and 7 from Teleman's Fantasias and maybe fantasie but faure. But I still have a year to decide! But at the moment thats what I think I'l do
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(Original post by sheepgirl)
Sexysax - Yeh I played the aria and waltz from suite antique for grade 8. I'm hoping this time to play the Handal sonnata in G, 5 and 7 from Teleman's Fantasias and maybe fantasie but faure. But I still have a year to decide! But at the moment thats what I think I'l do
Hi, I'm another flautist looking to do the Diploma sometime next year :s :p:. I'm doing Bach Sonata No 6 in E, Chaminade a Mozart Rondo (not on the main list) and some other pieces TBA. Suite Antique is a lovely piece, but I'm not doing it because I've done several of the movements already and I wanted to look at some new music!
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Just done Grade 8 viola (at last!) and 2 out of my 3 pieces are on the sylabus for DipABRSM! Woop. And I've played 8 of the pieces on it - adding up to about an hour of music - the challenge is going to be choosing 35 minutes of it . Any ideas whether the recital is the easy or hard bit?
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Hi, I did my clarinet performance dip.ABRSM a year and a half ago, so i don't know if u viola players struggle with the stamina but I certainly had to work up to it. The sight reading is about the standard of a grade 6 piece, nobody I know has found it difficult at all so u should b fine there. The viva voce was where I got the lowest mark, they ask u about all sorts of things! U should read up on the history of ur instrument, i.e. when it was invented, who started composing for it, what sort of muical groups its been included in. They also ask about ur interpretation of the piece, they want u 2 explain how u played it. U should have a good knowledge of the repetoire composed for ur instrument, particularly other works for ur instruments by the composers whose pieces u played in the recital. I got a question about different recordings of webers 2nd clarinet concerto, which recording i preferred by which clarinettist and why. They do tend to push u until u can't answer any more questions so i would say that is the hardest part. Hope i've helped, good luck when u take it, its a great thing to have! xxx
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I'm sort of working my way up to a piano Diploma - but I don't think I could ever pass, because I fall apart in exams as it is (have only ever got passes ) and people I know who always got distinctions have only scraped it! Oh well. At the mo my repetoire consists of Beethoven's Sonata in C Minor (Pathetique), Chopin's Nocturne in E Major (Op. 62 No. 2), and Debussy's Sarabande from Pour Le Piano. I really like that you get to choose your repetoire for the Diploma, though I guess I'll have to throw in some baroque and earlier classical which I'm not so happy about I think they just took the Gershwin Preludes off the syllabus, which I'm upset about cos I LOOOOVE them and would like to learn them for it
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I loved playing the preludes for my dip this june... I played 2 and 3.. exquisite pieces... good luck.. I also only got passes ... but I really enjoyed the experience of the dip.. very stimulating and your sight reading imporves so much!!!
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