Section B: Practical Examinations

1.     PLAYING FROM MEMORY:  PIANO GRADES 1 – 4

This requirement has been abolished as from 2008.

2.     DISTINCTION

As from 2008, the distinction mark for Pregrade 1 – Grade 7 practical has been adjusted to 80% (all instruments, piano duet and singing) in compliance with national education requirements.

3.    ABOLISHING OF ACCOMPANIED SIGHT SINGING FOR SINGING EXAMINATIONS FOR GRADES 6, 7 AND 8 AND TEACHERS’ LICENTIATE

The accompanied sight-singing for singers has been abolished with effect from 2006.

4.     ABOLISHING OF TEST 8 OF THE GRADE 8 PRACTICAL MUSICIANSHIP

Test 8 (playing of cadences by the candidate) of the Grade 8 Practical Musicianship for all candidates has been abolished with effect from 2006.

5.     EXEMPTION

Practical – Grade 8

6.      ALTERNATIVE WORKS

6.1          PREGRADE 1 – GRADE 7

Except in the case of piano examinations, candidates may suggest alternative works if they are unable to obtain the prescribed works in time.  TWO alternative works per examination will be considered, provided that the requirements listed below under 6.3, 6.4 and 6.5 are complied with.

6.2          GRADE 8 AND ALL LICENTIATES (ALL INSTRUMENTS AND SINGING)

ONE alternative work per examination will be considered provided that the requirements listed below under 6.4, 6.4 and 6.5 are complied with.

6.3          All applications for alternative works must reach the Deputy Director (Professional), Directorate Music, PO Box 392, UNISA, 0003, not later than the closing date for enrolments.  If possible, such applications must be enclosed in the same envelope as the examination entries.

Requests to present alternative pieces which are received later than the closing date, will only be considered in highly exceptional cases.

6.4          All applications must include copies of all the alternative works concerned.  These copies will not be returned.

6.5          Each alternative work must match the length (in view of the fact that examinations are to be concluded within the prescribed time), level of virtuosity, musical standard and historical period of the work to be replaced in the current examination list.

6.6          The University of South Africa reserves the right to refuse permission for works which do not meet the university’s stipulated criteria.

7.     EXAMINATION VENUES AND PRACTICE TIMES FOR PRACTICAL EXAMINATIONS

The University appoints an invigilator as its representative at each centre to make all the local arrangements, which include finding a suitable venue for the examinations, arranging for the tuning of the piano, etc.  All candidates must be examined at the venue arranged for this purpose.

For practical reasons, candidates entered for examinations from Pregrade 1 to Grade 7 are not entitled to practice on the piano prior to the actual examinations.  Licentiate candidates should be allowed an hour to practice on the piano prior to their examinations.  Only if practically possible, Grade 8 candidates may be allowed time to practice on the piano prior to their examination.

8.     CENTRES FOR PRACTICAL LICENTIATE EXAMINATIONS

Only Pretoria and Parow are used as centres for the practical Licentiate examinations.

9.     COPYRIGHT

Candidates must take note that it is a violation of the Copyright Act to make photostat copies of the piano albums or any other music score.

The examiner  will not examine a candidate who does not have the original also available in the examination room.

10.     CENTRE DATES – PRACTICAL EXAMINATIONS

10.1        Please note that, due to circumstances beyond the control of the University (such as the availability of examiners and venues), individual examination centres might not operate at the same time each year.  Whereas the examinations may have been held late in the year at a particular centre, it should be borne in mind that they could conceivably be held there quite early the following year.

10.2        When examination timetables have been compiled and arrangements finalised, alterations to the examination dates set for a particular centre cannot be considered.

10.3        Practical examinations are usually held on Mondays to Saturdays from 08:30 to 16:30

10.4        Examinations may be conducted on a public holiday (except for religious holidays).

10.5        Candidates who, for religious reasons, are unable to take an examination on a Friday afternoon or a Saturday (or on Jewish holidays) are requested to indicate this on their entry form.

10.6        In exceptional cases examinations may also be conducted during the school holidays.

10.7        Entries from private schools must please be clearly indicated in order to facilitate the planning of their practical examinations.

11.     EXAMINERS DURING PRACTICAL EXAMINATIONS

In the case of the Licentiate examinations, at least one of the examiners will be a specialist.  In all other cases, the examinations in all instruments and singing will be conducted by the examiner appointed to visit the centre.

12.     PRESENCE OF ANOTHER EXAMINER AT PRACTICAL EXAMINATIONS

Another (second) examiner may be present at any of the practical examinations (for training or quality control purposes).

13.     COPIES OF SHEET MUSIC FOR EXAMINERS

All instrumental and singing candidates (Grades and Licentiates), with the exception of Pregrade 1 – Grade 7 piano candidates, must provide copies of all their examination pieces for the examiner at their examinations.

14.     PAGE TURNERS

14.1        Up to and including Grade 7, neither the candidate nor the accompanist may make use of a page turner.  (Also see paragraph 16 for organ candidates)

14.2        Grade 8 and Licentiate candidates may make use of a pager without prior permission of the University.  This person may not be the candidate’s teacher or the examiner.  (See also paragraph 16 for organ candidates.) 

15.     MUSIC STANDS AND FOOTRESTS

Candidates must supply their own music stands and footrests in the examination room.

16.     ASSISTANT (ORGAN EXAMINATIONS)

Practical organ examination candidates from Grade 7 or higher may make use of an assistant cum page turner where the instrument concerned does not have the necessary accessories.  Such a person may not be the candidate’s teacher or the examiner.

17.     PERFORMERS’ LICENTIATE EXAMINATION TO BE HELD IN PUBLIC

All Performers’ Licentiate examinations are open to the public.  No video or sound recordings are allowed.  Neither may any photographs be taken during the examination session.

18.     EXPANSION OF SUPPLEMENTARY EXAMINATIONS FOR PRACTICAL

At the moment supplementary examinations are permitted for Grade 8 and Licentiate candidates only, provided they obtain at least 46% in the examination (paragraph D16.2, Handbook for Music Examinations).

It has now been resolved that this rule be extended to include Grades 6 and 7 practical candidates, who obtained a mark of 46%  and higher and who can submit proof that they are registered for grade 12 of the National Senior Certificate and that Unisa Music Grade 6 or 7 is one of their school subjects.  These learners will be granted an opportunity to improve their examination marks obtained during the second Unisa examination session of their grade 12 school year.  A limited number or examination centres will be used for this purpose.  The candidate will have to pay the full examination fees again and will have to travel to the nearest approved examination centre, established for this purpose, at his/her own expense.

19.     SYLLABUSES

Teachers/candidates with disabilities may contact the Directorate Music regarding special provisions, eg. repertoire, instruments.

19.1        PIANO (PREGRADE 1 – GRADE 8 AND LICENTIATES)

19.1.1    Repetitions [II:   :II] need not be played, but DC al Fine must be played.

19.1.2    Teachers are encouraged to utilize suitable articulation in Baroque pieces.  Copies of pieces where articulation of Baroque pieces was altered, need not be submitted to examiners.

19.2        ORGAN (CHANGES FROM 2008)

19.2.1    Hymn Playing

                To read as follows:

                Hymn playing is compulsory for Grades 4 to 7 and is prescribed as follows:

               Grade 4                 1 hymn

               Grade 5                 3 hymns

               Grade 6                 5 hymns

               Grade 7                10 hymns, 2 of which must also be played with the melody on a solo manual

               Candidates can make their own choice from the prescribed lists in Appendix B (page 28 of the organ syllabus).

               Hymn playing for Grades 4 to 7 are to be performed on manuals and pedals.

19.2.2    ADDITION TO THE PRESCRIBED HYMNS (APPENDIX B) FOR GRADES 4 TO 7

                Hymns to be added to the prescribed list for the New Apostolic Church

                NAH = New Apostolic Hymnal (1986)

                Grade 4   NAH 332, 406b, 558

                Grade 5   NAH 19, 44, 72, 91, 94, 215, 498, 559

                Grade 6   NAH 16, 42, 48, 75a, 76, 85, 96, 97, 111, 201, 213, 221, 450, 59

                Grade 7   NAH 17, 24, 43, 49, 73, 82, 84, 87, 97, 106, 129, 131, 187, 202, 353, 479, 495, 500, 502, 598

19.2.3    GRADE 8:  PEDAL EXERCISES

                To read as follows:

                Three pedal exercises to be played.  One from each of the following three groups:

                Group A

                Bach JS Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C (BWV564) (Solo pedal bars 13 to 32 from the Toccata) (Peters III:8)

                Bach JS Pedalexercitium in g (BWV598) (complete) (Peters IX:II)

                Group B

                Franck C  Final in B flat, op 21 (solo pedal bars 1 to 29) (Durand)

                Vierne L    Marche nuptiale from Suite 1 (bars 32 to 55) (Lemoine)

                Dupré M    Canon from Sept Piéces (bars 54 to 83) (Bornemann)

                Group C

                Klotz H       One of Nos 4, 7 or 10 from Fünfzehn Übungsstücke für das orgelpedal (Bärenreiter)

                Pedal exercises for organ Grade 8 will be mailed on request.

19.3        SINGING (CHANGES FROM 2008)

19.3.1    Appendix A:  Prescribed technical exercises for Grades 3 to 8

               Grade 6 Eight of the nine exercises must be sung.  Numbers 2, 3, 6 and 7 are compulsory

               Grade 7 Eight of the nine exercises must be sung.  Numbers 2, 4, 7 and 8 are compulsory

               Grade 8  Eight of the nine exercises must be sung.  Numbers 2, 4, 5 and 6 are compulsory.

                Technical exercises must be performed from memory.

19.3.2    Prescribed Repertoire

                To read as follows:

                Grades 7 and 8  Both works in List C to be compulsory.  Mark allocation is as follows:     
Technical work    15 
Performance List A 10
List B 10
List C1 10
List C2 10
List C3 10
List C4 10
List E 10
Folk Song 5
Recitative 5
Sight-singing 5
Practical Musicianship 10

TOTAL

100
             
                  

19.4        CLARINET IN C (GRADES 1, 2 AND 3)

It is possible to play clarinet examinations on the Clarinet in C for Grades 1 (Code CLA-F); 2 (Code CLB-G) and 3 (Code CLC-H) as well.  Scales and arpeggios, choice of studies and pieces are the same as the present clarinet syllabus.  The only change is that the accompaniment must be a semitone higher.

19.5        CHORAL CONDUCTOR, GRADES AND LICENTIATE

Syllabuses for Choral Conductors are available.  There are six levels of examinations:  Beginner (Grade 3), Elementary (Grade 4), Intermediate (Grade 6), Advanced (Grade 8), Teachers’ and Performers’ Licentiate.

20.     TECHNICAL COMPONENT:  PREGRADE 1 – 8

All technical components (scales, broken chords, arpeggios, triads/chords, cadences and technical exercises) for all instruments and singing must be played/sung from memory.

21.     ERRATA:  2008 PIANO EXAMINATION ALBUMS

Pregrade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Graad 7

SCALES

Grade 8

22.     MEMORISATION REQUIREMENTS REGARDING REPERTOIRE FOR GRADE 8 AND LICENTIATE CANDIDATES COMPETING IN THE UNISA MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITIONS

At its meeting held on 17 November 2008, the Committee for Music Examinations resolved that memorisation will no longer be a requirement for a candidate to participate in the Unisa SA and Unisa Overseas Music Scholarship Competitions.

Candidates will still have to comply with the following requirements:

GRADE 8

LICENTIATE

However, this resolution does not affect the existing prescribed rules regarding memorisation for the relevant examinations, which still apply.

An assistant-registrant/page turner for organists will be allowed.

23.     ABOLISHING OF PLAYING AT SIGHT A SIMPLE PIANOFORTE ACCOMPANIMENT FOR TEACHER’S LICENTIATE EXAMINATIONS

The playing of a simple pianoforte accompaniment and a Grade 6 piano piece (singing candidates) for Woodwind, Brass, Recorder, String and Singing candidates have been abolished with effect from 2010.

24.     STEPHANUS ZONDAGH OVERSEAS MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP FOR ORGAN

As from 2009, the Stephanus Zondagh Overseas Music Scholarship for Organ will only be available every second year (2011,  2013 etc).

25.     ABOLITION OF EVALUATION PERFORMANCES

It was proposed and accepted that, in light of the addition of the Performance Level Assessments (PLAs) the Evaluation Performances be abolished.  This will be implemented as from 1 January 2010.