Judging Criteria

96 – 100

PITCH

Highly accurate notes and intonation

TIME

Fluent, with flexibility where appropriate, Rhythmic character well conveyed

TONE

Well projected, Sensitive use of tonal qualities

SHAPE

Expressive, Idiomatic musical shaping and detail

PERFORMANCE

Assured, Fully committed, Vivid communication of character and style

COMMUNICATION

Consistently well-projected and involved, Showing strong performance commitment and conviction, Consistently good performance awareness and control

INTERPRETATION

Consistently effective stylistic characterisation, Consistently good awareness and control of textures and ensemble, with effective blending and balancing

DELIVERY

Consistently assured and controlled, Consistently effective instrument management, Fully responsive to the performance situation

90 – 95

PITCH

Largely accurate notes and intonation

TIME

Sustained, effective tempo, Good sense of rhythm

TONE

Mainly controlled and consistent, Good tonal awareness

SHAPE

Clear musical shaping, Well-realised detail

PERFORMANCE

Positive, Carrying musical conviction, Character and style communicated

COMMUNICATION

Mainly well-projected and involved, Showing positive performance commitment, Mainly good performance awareness and control

INTERPRETATION

Mostly effective stylistic realisation, Mainly good awareness and control of textures and ensemble, with appropriate blending and balancing

DELIVERY

Effectively controlled, Mostly effective instrument management, Mainly responsive to the performance situation

80 – 89

PITCH

Generally correct notes, Sufficiently reliable intonation to maintain tonality

TIME

Suitable tempo, Generally stable pulse, Overall rhythmic accuracy

TONE

Generally reliable, Adequate tonal awareness

SHAPE

Some realisation of musical shape and/or detail

PERFORMANCE

Generally secure, prompt recovery from slips, Some musical involvement

COMMUNICATION

Projection and involvement sufficient to maintain an overall sense of performance, Sequence and shows adequate performance awareness and control

INTERPRETATION

Sufficient stylistic realisation, Adequate awareness and control of textures and ensemble, with sufficient blending and balancing

DELIVERY

Generally controlled, Sufficiently reliable instrument management to meet the demands of the performance situation

< 80

PITCH

Frequent note errors, Insufficiently reliable intonation to maintain tonality

TIME

Unsuitable and/or uncontrolled tempo, Irregular pulse, Inaccurate rhythm

TONE

Uneven and/or unreliable, Inadequate tonal awareness

SHAPE

Musical shape and detail insufficiently conveyed

PERFORMANCE

Insecure, inadequate recovery from slips, Insufficient musical involvement

COMMUNICATION

Insufficient projection or sense of involvement to maintain a sense of performance, Shows inadequate performance awareness or control

INTERPRETATION

Stylistic realisation not equal, Insufficient awareness or control of textures and ensemble, and/or unsuitable blending and balancing

DELIVERY

Consistency of control insufficient, Insufficiently reliable instrument management to meet the demands of the performance situation