On December 15th, we had a playing test. For this test, we had to play 5 scales, a chromatic scale and a song, which was essentially a simplified version of the nutcracker. While playing the songs, I felt quite nervous, because I had troubles playing the chromatic scales at home. I decided to play concert g major chromatic scale, and when I actually played in front of the teacher I didn’t make any major mistakes, apart from maybe breathing a bit too much. I felt like I did quite well in the scales, and I didn’t make any noticeable mistakes. My timing was a bit off, but that was only because I felt a bit nervous and could only hear my heartbeat, which drowned my playing. After playing that, I had to play the song. I also had a bit of trouble in the fast part of the song, but I believe I did quite well in the end. I played the stacato bit quite well, and were played quite clearly. I think I paused a few times because my clarinet squeaked while playing the high notes. Also, at the end of the song, I ran out of breath and had to force the last few notes out, but I barely managed to squeeze the last few notes out. I kept a steady tempo, without speeding up too much and didn’t drag my notes. For dynamics, I did quite well, but I feel like I didn’t emphasise it too much, so that is why next time I want to focus more on dynamics.
On December the 17th, I had taken a theory test. No marks have been issued back yet, but I thought it was quite hard and struggled a bit. One part that was hard was the transposition. I forgot what the instruments transpose to (french horn, clarinet in a, etc.) I asked around with a few of my friends, and I think I got one of the correct, which is good. I predict I got a 4 or a 5 out of 8 for this test because I really did struggle and made a few mistakes.
I just received my marks back for the theory test and the playing test. For the playing test, I got 7/8 for the scales and 7/8 for the song, which was quite surprising because I thought I messed it up a lot more. This caught me off guard because I thought I made quite a few mistakes, so that is why I was quite happy with that. On the other hand, for my theory test, I received a 4/8. Like my prediction earlier, I had seen this coming already, so there wasn’t a big surprise there. With that being said, I believe that I did poorly because as I have taken ABRSM grade 5 music theory, I should’ve received a much higher mark than a 4/8. I am quite dissatisfied with my performance, but I probably forgot all that was learned in preparation for the ABRSM exam. Next time, I need to study more on the conceptual side of things and make sure it is all memorised in order to get a higher mark next time.
Here are my scanned theory test results: