Practical Exams Update – South Africa

We appreciate how much the cancellation of our exams has affected learners and we’re working hard on solutions to ensure they can gain their qualifications at the earliest opportunity. However, on the basis of official and local advice we have made the following changes to our South Africa exams for the remainder of the year:

  • For the regions of Eastern & Western Cape, Free State and KwaZulu-Natal exams, we plan to hold exams from late September – October. There will be no exams held throughout August and early September. Entries for these regions have already been received.
  • For exams in Gauteng, we plan to hold exams from October – November. Entries for this region have already been received. We will not be able to take bookings for Botswana, Swaziland and the surrounding areas for any further exams in 2020.

Please note, our ability to accept bookings and hold exams continue to be conditional on the current restrictions being lifted. We will provide an update to customers as soon as we can. Our Representatives will provide further guidance in due course.

There are four sections to a Jazz Piano exam, giving candidates the opportunity to demonstrate their skills through prepared work and musicianship tests.

The tunes cover a wide range of styles - from New Orleans and swing through to modal, jazz-rock and Latin jazz. Each arrangement contains a fully notated Head and at least one section for improvisation, with a simple chord sequence and set of guideline pitches.

Jazz exams include:

  • Three tunes from the list for the grade
    A blues, a standard and a contemporary tune. All include improvisation.
  • Scales, arpeggios and broken chords
    Common patterns found in jazz.
  • Aural tests
    Testing all-round aural awareness and musicianship skills.
  • Quick Study
    To play either at sight or to reproduce by ear a short phrase and to improvise a response.

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