Thank you for spending your day with us! At the Centre for Musical Minds, we approach music from a hobbyist standpoint for the majority of our students. The purpose of our adjudicated events is to encourage each student to find and reach for his/her best musical self. That said, we have another type of student, which is the exam student. Each student participating in The Royal Conservatory Examinations will have a star next to their name on your roster. Please adjudicate their sheets with the eye and ear of a serious, professionally trained classical pianist. For adjudicating hobby players for this event, here is what is most important to understand:
Comment Sheet Specifics
Here is our adjudication sheet for each piece. Boxes with specific things to look for: A simple checkmark in these boxes work well, with an average of 3 supporting comments for their overall performance.
Good Comment Examples:
1. Overall, nice and steady! Try using your metronome more regularly and keep counting as you play.
2. Great dynamic contrasts! Are you able to get even softer where it’s marked p? See measures 8 and 9, as well as the last two measures. Bring out your RH melody more in m. 8-10 for clear voicing.
Poor Comment Examples:
1. You need to count.
2. You need to have more dynamics. Voice more in measures 8-10.
I. This performance is inspired, the student is clearly enjoying the music. Overall rhythm was steady, accurate melody was clear, dynamics were present and the student clearly prepared for this performance. In short, the student demonstrated musicality and (hopefully) joy!
II. This performance had some bumps in the road and it is clear the student did not prepare well, based on teacher or personal standards. Significant memory slips, no dynamics and rhythm was in Oklahoma.
III. This performance fell apart.
Looking forward to reading the comments! I genuinely hope you enjoy your afternoon of music from the students at the Centre for Musical Minds.
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