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Exam Refunds – Practical Session 1 & 2

We are currently working to issue refunds for all exams cancelled due to COVID-19.

For entries submitted online, exam fees will be refunded to the original payment card automatically. If you card has been replaced since you made the entry, the refund should be redirected to your new card automatically in most cases and we will contact you directly if there are any issues processing your refund. Your refund will be processed from September onwards and we will provide more precise dates in due course. 

Please note that we are unable to refund online entries directly to your bank account. If you have concerns about the amount being refunded to your credit card, please contact your bank for advice as local reports suggest they have been quite helpful in these situations, given the current circumstances. 

If you submitted a paper entry form to your State Education Department, you must submit a refund request to the Examinations Syndicate in Malaysia with complete documentation attached by 14 September 2020. Manual refunds may take between 1 to 2 months to process. Any queries relating to manual refunds should be sent to [email protected]. Thank you for your patience.

Exploring elements of musical playing

In a series of new videos, educator and ABRSM examiner Louise Matthew works with her students on a range of lesson ideas and activities relating to the 2014 marking criteria for our Practical graded music exams. 

The lesson extracts focus upon a piece specially commissioned by ABRSM from composer Dave Stapleton - Whistlin', B3 on our 2014-2017 Grade 3 Flute syllabus. Many of Louise's lesson ideas relate to the five elements of Pitch, Time, Tone, Shape and Performance that examiners assess.

 


Background to Whistlin': interview with the composer Dave Stapleton


Biographies

Louise Matthew

Louise MatthewLouise Matthew studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and then at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Guildhall.

On leaving college Louise quickly established herself as a freelance flautist and teacher and since has worked in a variety of different educational settings including music centres, schools, private teaching practice, regional and national youth orchestras, for the organisation Flutewise, and on specialist flute days and residential courses including her own course, Tuttiflutey, and its associated events.

Louise now enjoys a diverse portfolio career working as an instrumental teacher, class music teacher, ABRSM classical and jazz examiner, flute player, workshop leader and music events co-ordinator.

Dave Stapleton

Dave StapletonIn less than ten years since graduating in classical piano from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Dave Stapleton has established himself as a musician, composer and label boss and become an important figure on the UK jazz scene.

His latest album 'Flight' marks his eighth release under his own name. It’s his most ambitious album to date featuring the Brodowski String Quartet alongside saxophonist Marius Neset, bassist Dave Kane, drummer Olavi Louhivuori and, of course, Stapleton himself on piano.

Already recognised as a writer of beautiful, lyrical tunes, Flight marks a leap forward and establishes him as one of the most ambitious young composers in jazz.

Pitch

Accuracy, clarity and definition of notes and/or intonation

Time

Suitability of tempo, stability of pulse, sense of rhythm

Tone

Control and projection of the sound, sensitivity and awareness in use of tonal qualities

Shape

Effectiveness and clarity of musical shaping and detail

Performance

Overall command, involvement with the music, musical communication

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