Technical Exam 4
Number of course weeks
Total contact hours
Form / content / level
Mastering the elements described under Contents.
Relation to other modules
Related to the main subject course and band lessons.
The technical exam focuses on the students' technical/musical skills, with the emphasis on elements important to the main subject study. The description of the relevant main subject year 4 module provides a detailed outline of the technical exam contents.
Mode(s) of instruction
Material & Tools
Depends on the main subject; see the main subject module description.
Students independently organize all aspects relevant to performing the audition.
Examination and assessment
Mode(s) of assessment
Audition for a panel of two teachers (two of whom are teachers of the student's main subject) and a chairman, who may also be a teacher of the student's main subject.
See the detailed criteria listed in the module description of the relevant main subject year 3.
The student has completed this module if he is awarded a minimum grade of 5.5.
Examiners use an outline of relevant criteria to assess students, with the average grade being used as the final grade.
The examiners hand in their assessment forms 'face-down' to the chairman, who then reviews whether the assessments are sufficiently similar, i.e., whether the graded evaluations diverge no more than two points. If there are no problems in this area, the chairman subsequently fills out the complete chairman form, which contains, in the verbal part, a summary of the reasoned evaluations provided by the several examiners. The average grade of the examiners' evaluations is used as the final grade.
In case the examiners' assessments diverge more than allowed, the chairman initiates a panel discussion, and firstly asks the relevant examiners (whose grades diverge more than two points) to provide a further explanation. Subsequently the other examiners are allowed to participate in the discussion, and the chairman eventually asks them to re-vote in consideration of the issues raised during the discussion. If the grades now fall within the permissible two-point range of divergence, the chairman calculates the average grade of the re-vote and copies it to the chairman form, under the heading of 're-vote', and this new average will serve as the final grade.
If the grades are still too dissimilar, the chairman also uses the average of the re-vote as final grade, adding a note on the chairman form indicating why (from his perspective) the examiners were unable to find common ground.
The technical exam focuses on the students' technical/musical skills.