Not sure quite what to make of the situation below. What do you think?
A young friend of 17 plays a woodwind instrument to a good standard, soloing very well with a wind band to Grade 7 level on a tube video. She has now decided she’d like a career in music and, hoping to join a military band, she faces an audition and a theory paper. The audition she is quite confident about but not so the grade 5 equivalent theory paper.
She has GCSE music and Grade 6 distinction on her instrument but has never sat a theory paper. Her instrument teacher moved her to another exam board to avoid the Grade 5 theory hurdle that some boards impose for those wanting to do Grade 6 and above. And, she tells me, the music GCSE had little theory.
As we explored her theory knowledge it became apparent that there are huge gaps from Grade 1 onwards . Just a couple of examples: though strong on note values, rhythm, ties, rests etc to Grade 5 level she was unable to name the notes in a C major tonic triad, to give an example of a minor third interval or to read the notes on a bass clef. She has much to catch up on if she is to successfully sit this military band theory paper and we are making a start.
I can see how it came to this but I’m not sure it was wise. What think you?
Last edited by Pat Dodson on Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:31 am, edited 2 times in total.