Harmonia currently offers Trinity College London Digital Exams. These are video recorded exams which means that pupils can take the exam when they're absolutely ready instead of having to aim towards a particular dates. Pupils are able to do as many recordings as they wish, selecting the best one to submit for marking. Recordings can be made during lessons using a high quality digital recorder for optimum sound quality.
Each exam has to be a single continuous video recording of the pupil playing their scales/arpeggios, two pieces with piano and one unaccompanied piece.
It's very important that pupils are able to recover swiftly from any slips and present a confident performance. No speaking is needed, but teachers are allowed to give aural prompts for the technical elements eg "F major scale tongued".
Scales and arpeggios 14 marks - these should be fluent, prompt (no hesitancy) and evenly played with good breath control
Pieces 3 x 22 marks each - 66 total - examiners look for good rhythm and pitch control, phrasing, a range of dynamics, plus sense of style
Performance delivery and focus 10 marks - this is a general mark for how the exam is presented. Neat changes between pieces, good posture etc.
Musical awareness 10 marks - a general mark for being able to convey the different styles of each piece
Total: 100 marks (87–100 Distinction 75–86 Merit 60–74 Pass)
Grade 1 £43 Grade 2 £47 Grade 3 £52 Grade 4 £61 Grade 5 £68
No pupil HAS to do exams, but many like to complete them as a marker of their progress. It is not necessary to do all exams, so pupils often skip grades so they progress more quickly. Kirsty will always let you know when your child is ready for an exam and you will have the option to choose a "Harmonia Grade" if you prefer, where Kirsty will provide a certificate to reward the pupil for their achievements, without the cost of a real exam.