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Video Repertoire Exam recording

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Video Repertoire Exam recording

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Recording guide for all video performances

For the exam to be valid, there are some rules listed below that you need to observe. The exam must be recorded under the supervision of an adult. The supervisor can be:

  • a parent
  • the teacher
  • another person as long as they are over 18.

The supervisor is there to ensure that the video is recorded in one continuous take, and that no teaching or coaching occurs during the exam. The supervisor’s name and phone number must be provided on the video submission form in case the video needs to be verified later.

Recording

  • Candidates can either announce the date of the exam at the beginning of the recording OR if the device you are using to record the video exam has a setting that allows you to include the date of the recording, you can turn that setting on. Either option is acceptable.
  • Any recordings using the front facing camera will give a mirror image when recorded and a recording with mirror imaging will not be accepted. Should a video exam link be submitted that has a mirror image, the result will be "Unable to Assess".
  • When the candidate (and accompanist, if required) are ready to commence the examination performance, the recording should commence with the candidate introducing him/herself using the official name listed on the candidate record, e.g. “My name is Jane Smith. My first piece is xxxxxx.”  Please also state the date (including the year) if this is not displayed on the recording, e.g. "23 September 2020".
  • If sitting a Grade 8 Video Repertoire Exam, please hold your ID up close to the camera at the very beginning of the video.
  • Proceed with the presentation as if performing for an examiner situated in the same room.
  • Candidates are permitted to use a page turner for their performance. Page turners must ensure their presence is as unobtrusive as possible for the exam recording. The page turner cannot obstruct the view of the candidate’s hands or pedal work in the video submission. Page turners are not to verbally communicate with the candidate, or coach the candidate in any way during the Repertoire performance. If there is any evidence of coaching, the result will be “Unable to Assess”.
  • The recording should be continuous with minimal gaps between each work.
  • Announce each subsequent work. E.g. “I will now play xxxxxx.”
  • Finish the recording immediately after the last work.

Please note: if the video submitted is found to be edited and or a mirror-image recording, the result will be "Unable to Assess".


Camera and microphone

  • A high-quality recording device should be used, ie a recent model smart phone (using the back camera) or tablet might be suitable. Whatever device you choose to use to record your video exam, please ensure you test it first for both audio and visual quality.
  • Video resolution of 720p is recommended (minimum 480p).
  • It is important that the sound is appropriately balanced between the solo part and the live or recorded accompaniment (if any).
  • Choose a quiet location with good lighting and minimal ambient noise.

How long should my video be?

Video Repertoire Exam timings

  • The program of work must be chosen with reference to the 2020 Syllabus.
  • The number of works and the duration of the recording must not exceed the maximum performance time listed in the Repertoire Exam section of the 2020 Manual of Syllabuses, or on the AMEB (NSW) website for Leisure Repertoire exams for the particular instrument and grade:

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Guide for specific instruments

The following instructions were provided by the NSW Chief Examiners on the best way for you to set up your environment for a video performance.

Piano

Strings 

Woodwind

Brass 

Voice/Musical Theatre

Drama & Communication

 

Piano Exams

image showing correct positioning of camera to piano

 

  • The video should be filmed side-on, preferably from the right hand side, showing a view of the entire keyboard. It is not necessary for the entire piano to be on screen.
  • Both of the candidate’s hands, arms and the upper body must be clearly visible at all times.
  • Where possible, the video should show the pedals, especially in Level 2 exams (Grade 5 – Grade 8).
  • Students of P Plate Piano can now present for an exam by video.

Prepare for a P Plate Piano Video Exam in accordance with the guidelines.

  • A teacher, parent or sibling may present one of the three pieces as a duet with the candidate.
  • A teacher, parent or older sibling sets up the recording equipment.
  • At the beginning of the recording, the candidate introduces him/herself.
  • The candidate or the supervisor/parent should announce each piece, before playing it.
  • The supervisor/parent may wish to play the examiner role and (very briefly) ask the candidate what they like about each piece
  • A report and certificate will be mailed to the enrolling person after the examiner has reviewed the video recording.
  • On completing P Plate Piano Book 3 Video exam the candidate will be awarded their personally named P Plate Piano ‘licence’ card.

Strings Exams

The ideal video setup for upper strings (Violin and Viola) is as follows:

Violin sample video positioning

  • The candidate should stand side-on to the camera with their right side closest to the camera. The whole instrument should be visible at all times.
  • The candidate’s body from at least the waist up must be visible at all times.
  • The entire bow arm, the angle of the bow to the bridge and left hand must be clearly visible.
  • The music stand must not obscure the view of the candidate or instrument (and accompanist if applicable), and should be positioned slightly to the right side of the screen.
  • If the candidate is playing with live accompaniment, the accompanist should be in full view to demonstrate the interaction between the performers, especially in Level 2 exams (Grade 5 – Grade 8).

The ideal video setup for lower strings (Cello and Double Bass) is as follows:


 Sample positioning of cello video exam

  • The candidate must be positioned facing the camera.
  • The candidate's whole body and instrument must be visible at all times.
  • The music stand must not obscure the view of the candidate or instrument (and accompanist if applicable), and should be positioned slightly to one side.
  • If the candidate is playing with live accompaniment, the accompanist should be in full view to demonstrate the interaction between the performers, especially in Level 2 exams (Grade 5 – Grade 8).

Woodwind

Sample Flute video positioning

Woodwind camera placement

  • The candidate should position themselves at an angle to the camera (not more than 45 degrees). The whole instrument must be visible at all times.
  • Where possible, the candidate must be in full view from head to feet at all times.
  • The music stand must not obscure the view of the candidate or instrument (and accompanist if applicable), and should be positioned slightly to one side.
  • If the candidate is playing with live accompaniment, the accompanist should be in full view to demonstrate the interaction between the performers, especially in Level 2 exams (Grade 5 – Grade 8).

Brass


Sample of trumpet video placement

 

  • The candidate should position themselves at an angle to the camera (not more than 45 degrees). The whole instrument must be visible at all times.
  • Where possible, the candidate must be in full view from head to feet at all times.
  • The music stand must not obscure the view of the candidate or instrument (and accompanist if applicable), and should be positioned slightly to one side.
  • If the candidate is playing with live accompaniment, the accompanist should be in full view to demonstrate the interaction between the performers, especially in Level 2 exams (Grade 5 – Grade 8).

Voice and Musical Theatre

voice_musical_theatre_video

  • The candidate must be in full view from head to feet and facing the camera front-on or at a slight angle to one side.
  • There should be an allowance made for some space to move when delivering an operatic aria or musical theatre song that may require it.
  • The music stand must not obscure the view of the candidate (and accompanist if applicable), and should be positioned slightly to one side.
  • If the candidate is singing with live accompaniment, the accompanist should be in full view to demonstrate the interaction between the performers, especially in Level 2 exams (Grade 5 – Grade 8).

Drama and Communication

Drama & Communication video positioning sample

  • The candidate must be in full view from head to feet.
  • There should be space allowed for the candidate to move in the stage area during the performance and to use different levels and props as appropriate.

 

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