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Music Grade Ladders

Objective AO1: PerformingAO2: ComposingAO3: Listening & KnowledgeAO4: Listening & Appraising
Grade 9Consistently performs challenging music, fluently and accurately with detailed attention to stylistic, technical and expressive demands. Engaging performer.Compose using a wide range of musical elements with sophistication creating effective musical ideas and sustaining interest through their development. Confident manipulation of musical ideas and composing techniques within a unified structure. The writing is idiomatic and demonstrates a strong sense of style.Demonstrate through aural identification accurate knowledge of a wide range of musical elements, contexts and language. Detailed knowledge and understanding of musical genres. Write in a formal style with clarity and coherence using key music words to reflect accurate description and interpretation of music heard.Demonstrate insight and wholly accurate aural perception including harmonic understanding in different keys and modes. Write in a formal style with clarity and coherence using key music words to reflect accurate description and interpretation of music heard.
Grade 8Consistently performs challenging music, fluently and accurately with only very minor misjudgements, with detailed attention to stylistic, technical and expressive demands.Compose using a wide range of musical elements with sophistication creating effective musical ideas and sustaining interest through their development. Confident manipulation of musical ideas and composing techniques within a unified structure Demonstrate through aural identification accurate knowledge of a wide range of musical elements, contexts and language. Write in a formal style with clarity and coherence, using key music words to reflect accurate description and interpretation of music heard.Evaluate music to make convincing judgements using musical terminology accurately and effectively. Write with clarity and coherence using key music words.
Grade 7Consistently performs with some fluency and accuracy with detailed attention to stylistic, technical and expressive demands. The music has a degree of challenge. Compose using a range of musical elements with some sophistication creating effective musical ideas and sustaining interest through their development. Effective manipulation of musical ideas and composing techniques within a unified structure. Demonstrate through aural identification accurate knowledge of a wide range of musical elements, contexts and language. Write with clarity and coherence, using key music words to reflect accurate description and interpretation of music heard.Evaluate music to make sound judgements using musical terminology accurately and effectively. Write with clarity and coherence using key music words.
Grade 6Reliable technique and with some expression in playing and performing an instrumental or vocal part. Some stylistic interpretation. Music has a few challenging passages.Composing using a range of musical elements with stylistic coherence creating musical ideas and developing interest successfully. Demonstrate through aural identification accurate knowledge of a range of musical elements, contexts and language. Understanding and accurate application of key words in response to music studied.Good evaulation and understanding of terminology and mostly accurate application of key words in response to a music heard.
Grade 5Perform music with some technical challenges, broadly fluently with some sensitivity. Some expression in playing and performing an instrumental or vocal part. Composing using a range of musical elements with coherence creating musical ideas and developing interest with some success. Demonstrate through aural identification mostly accurate knowledge of a range of musical elements, contexts and language. Understanding and increasingly accurate application of key words in response to music studied.Evaluate music to make clear judgements using musical terminology appropriately.
Grade 4Performs music with adequate technique and some expression. Some evidence of understanding of style. The music is simple but with occasional technical passages.Composing using a range of musical elements with adequate coherence creating musical ideas and developing interest with some success. Satisfactory understanding and occasional application of key words in response to music studied.Satisfactory understanding and consistent application of key words in response to music heard.
Grade 3Reliable technique and limited expression in playing and performing an instrumental or vocal part. Stylistic awareness.Compose using a range of musical elements creating musical ideas with some appeal and some development.Satisfactory understanding and increasingly accurate application of key words in response to music heard and studied.Satisfactory understanding and some accurate application of key words in response to music heard.
Grade 2Perform simple pieces with limited fluency and sensitivity. Some sense of style is demonstrated.Compose using a range of musical elements creating musical ideas with some appeal and limited development.Demonstrate through aural idenitfication some knowledge of musical elements, contexts and language. Evaluate music to produce simple reflections with inconsistent use of musical terminology.
Grade 1Perform a short and simple piece with limited technique with some sense of the overall structure. Compose using a limited range of musical elements creating musical ideas with some appeal and limited development.Basic understanding and limited application of key words in response to music studied.Basic understanding and limited application of key words in response to music heard.
GoldAttempts to perform a short and simple piece with limited technique with some sense of the overall structure. Attempts to compose using a limited range of musical elements creating musical ideas with some appeal and limited development.Attempts to demonstrate basic understanding and limited application of key words in response to music studied.Attempts to demonstrate basic understanding and limited application of key words in response to music heard.
SilverAttempts to perform a short and simple piece with limited technique.Attempts to compose using a limited range of musical elements creating musical ideas.Attempts to demonstrate basic awareness when responding to music studied.Attempts to show basic awareness in response to music heard.
BronzeWith support from a teacher, attempts to perform a short and simple piece with limited technique.With support from a teacher, attempts to compose using a limited range of musical elements creating musical ideas.With support from a teacher, attempts to demonstrate basic awareness when responding to music studied.With response from a teacher, attempts to show basic awareness in response to music heard.

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