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Re: NMCP Theory Grade Contention [Re: childofparadise2002] #1704225 06/29/11 10:52 AM
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Actually, there is a real world application for this, now that I reflect on it. In our choir, we have several sopranos who tend to sing augmented octaves when we're doing unison parts, and a couple of tenors who frequently visit diminished octaves. [Linked Image]


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Re: NMCP Theory Grade Contention [Re: John v.d.Brook] #1704254 06/29/11 11:31 AM
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Originally Posted by John v.d.Brook
Actually, there is a real world application for this, now that I reflect on it. In our choir, we have several sopranos who tend to sing augmented octaves when we're doing unison parts, and a couple of tenors who frequently visit diminished octaves. [Linked Image]

The first choir I joined was adept in progressive descending chromatic transposition initiated by the altos.

Re: NMCP Theory Grade Contention [Re: MrsCamels] #1704264 06/29/11 11:41 AM
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Regarding exam marks and RCM: You are correct in terms of the playing exams. In theory exams, especially the beginning grades, marks in the high 90's are extremely common.


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Re: NMCP Theory Grade Contention [Re: david_a] #1704327 06/29/11 01:22 PM
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Originally Posted by david_a
In theory exams, especially the beginning grades, marks in the high 90's are extremely common.

From the RCM, marks in the 90's are shown as follows:

Basic rudiments; 51%
Intermediate rudiments: 36%
Advanced rudiments: 36%
Basic harmony: 6%

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Re: NMCP Theory Grade Contention [Re: MrsCamels] #1704333 06/29/11 01:35 PM
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david_a: you are right. What I heard was mainly about the practical exams. I didn't know whether the theory exams were graded similarly. Our own experience was indeed that the theory exams were quite easy.

Keystring: thanks for the chart. Very informative.

Re: NMCP Theory Grade Contention [Re: MrsCamels] #1704359 06/29/11 02:22 PM
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I would consider it a learning experience. Your student is unlikely to forget to write P8 instead of octave, or transpose by two octaves instead of one, in future tests.

If your student goes into a college music program, teachers will have similar expectations on how they want things notated and may not give part marks when students use a different system.

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Just checked the RCM/NMCP Syllabus for Theory: it is ONLY in Prep. Rudiments where the students only have to identify the numerical size of the interval; on all the other rudiments (Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced) exams, both the size and quality need to be identified.

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One additional note on the grading: It is my understanding that all the grading is done by trained theory examiners, at one time, in one place (in case there is a need to confer). There are no "helpers" or volunteers.

The information that has been supplied regarding intervals and transposition is accurate. The OP did not give any information about the scales that were marked wrong. A word of warning: at the Intermediate and higher levels, points will be taken off if a rest is attached to the wrong line of a clef.

At first, I thought some of these regulations were extreme. But I am realizing that when our students focus in on all the tiny details, they notice and remember the things we want them to notice such as dynamics. Also, a greater degree of understanding is required in order to keep all the details straight. All in all, I think it is worth the effort.


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