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Grade 8 Distinction and a U for my A2 recital! watch

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    A bit miffed is an understatement.

    I held an offer for an engineering course that specified AA in maths and physics, and a B in music. I'm musical and I should do well enough in maths and physics, I thought - and if I don't, I've got other bargaining tactics like mentioning further maths or AEA physics.

    I got grades AACCb today - AA in maths and physics, and a C in music. Turns out I missed a B by 10 UMS marks. I looked more carefully at my A2 music modules, and saw:

    6704 - Music 4 - Recital - 27/90 - U(u) UNCL

    Shortly after I did my grade 8 (Trinity), I performed my A-level recital, and while it wasn't a performance of the same quality as the exam, it was still reasonably good and the staff were pleased. Apparently the Mozart 'twinkled'. And I went ungraded for it.

    I also got
    6706 - Music 6 - Listening and Appreciation - 68/120 - D(d)
    which didn't help matters at all.

    There are two possibilities:
    • I played really badly in the recital and didn't realise it, and the music staff didn't bother to tell me that it was a poor recording and give me a chance to re-record.
    • The recording was marked unfairly.
    The top one isn't unlikely, because the music staff hate me, and I hate them in return for various reasons. Whatever happened, if someone who got 86/100 when required to perform to grade 8 standard to an examiner then got 30/100 playing to grade 6 standard, something's gone seriously wrong.

    Thank goodness the university overlooked it and I have my place confirmed, but this cost me my offer grades. Argh! Would you say an investigation is in order?
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    just ask for it to be remarked, or put specifically on CV grade 8 DISCTINCTION blah blah blah (which happens to be the equivalent of half an alevel in UCAS points anyway, I think)
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    What exam board was it? Edexcel by any chance? I'd definitely get it looked into. While, no, you might not have performed to grade 8 distinction standard on the day, but someone of that ability should, I would think, get better marks than you did.
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    If it was Edexcel, I would definitley get it remarked. I know they had problems with the A2 performace marking this year.
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    I too, am a bit miffed with my AS performing result. Although I got 77/90, my teacher gave me full marks and the solo I sent off to Edexcel to be marked was a Chopin nocturne and no slips whatsoever! So, why I can't get almost full marks for a flawless grade 8+ piece, I have no idea.

    Also worried about the recital next year. I've chosen to do piano because, although I have grade 8 ABRSM violin with distinction, it is really much harder to do well because trying to get perfect intonation on a violin recording is nigh on impossible. I don't think Edexcel really give string players the credit they deserve and it's really annoying! Also, a recital is just meant to be a public performance of a variety of pieces, it is entirely different to a recording. I think either you should be allowed to do a non-recorded rectial, where an examiner comes to listen in the audience, or you should be allowed to record the pieces and if necessary be allowed to re-record them.
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    same with me but with AS level, i got 70/90, when my piece was grade 8, flawless!!!
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    (Original post by crankycaz)
    I too, am a bit miffed with my AS performing result. Although I got 77/90, my teacher gave me full marks and the solo I sent off to Edexcel to be marked was a Chopin nocturne and no slips whatsoever! So, why I can't get almost full marks for a flawless grade 8+ piece, I have no idea.

    Also worried about the recital next year. I've chosen to do piano because, although I have grade 8 ABRSM violin with distinction, it is really much harder to do well because trying to get perfect intonation on a violin recording is nigh on impossible. I don't think Edexcel really give string players the credit they deserve and it's really annoying! Also, a recital is just meant to be a public performance of a variety of pieces, it is entirely different to a recording. I think either you should be allowed to do a non-recorded rectial, where an examiner comes to listen in the audience, or you should be allowed to record the pieces and if necessary be allowed to re-record them.
    Nice distinction between recording and a recital. Edexcel tried sending out examiners and it was a complete disaster - they simply cannot afford to recruit enough sufficiently qualified musicans, train them in the marking criteria and send them out to all the centres. recording is a better option but, as you say, they have to decide if they are marking a recorded performance or the recording is evidence of a live performance.
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    AQA send out examiners for the A2 recitals, so it can be done. I wonder why Edexcel don't do this.
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    Surely sending out examiners would be easier than faffing on with all this recording stuff and would sort out problems with blank cds they receive and all that. I would imagine most examiners would prefer to go and see recitals than have to sit and listen to them, however I may be wrong. I also just feel that if the examiner saw you perform, they would get a better idea of how much of a musician you are, i.e. interacting with the audience, which I think is often overlooked and can be more important than just being perfectly in tune. *sigh*
 
 
 

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