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I studied horn playing when young and played for a short time as a freelance horn player before going into teaching. I used to teach all brass instruments and I used to teach all UK grade exam levels. I have two performance diplomas ALCM and LTCL. After the LTCL I continued to study horn playing so I know that all diplomas are well below the standard needed even for low level freelance playing.

In my early 40s I started oboe lessons. Had to give up the horn in order to concentrate on the oboe. I have studied oboe and cor anglais at a music conservatoire. I do not teach the oboe.

My oboe playing standard is better than my horn playing standard when young. I did not play the oboe as a child, although this is what I asked to play at age 11.


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comment Instrument grade exams
I looked at the Rockschool exams and I agree they do test ensemble but I don't think the Trinity/Guildhall ones do. I would be interested to know what standard the Rockschool ones are because it says qualifications, the Trinity/Guildhall, ABRSM and London College of Music exams are only qualifications in relation to other grade exams not in general music performance, and the standard of playing required to pass is extremely elementary.
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comment What are the ABRSM graded examinations, and why would one want to take them?
By grade 8 people I mean someone whose music learning standard has just reached the point where with practise on the pieces they could pass the grade 8 exam. Professional classical musicians view grade 8 as an elementary exam that a beginner would take. By beginner I mean someone who has been playing about 2 years. From my own experience of my second instrument learnt as an adult I could have passed grade 8 less that 2 years after starting. But as an adult I have no use for exams which are designed to be taken at school.
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comment What are the ABRSM graded examinations, and why would one want to take them?
The big problem with grade exams is that people don't realise that they don't test ensemble playing. Some amateur orchestras mistakenly believe that if someone has passed grade 8 but has no ensemble experience then they would make good members. This is not the case. I have seen numerous examples of people who have passed grade 8 but cannot count or sight read. Ensemble skills are completely different to those needed to pass grade exams. I am trying to educate amateur orchestras not to use these exams as standards, because the exams don't teach any ensemble skills.
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comment What are the ABRSM graded examinations, and why would one want to take them?
There is a bit of confusion about education levels in the UK. The qualifications at each level are put together because they take roughly the same number of years to achieve. However they aren't the same level in terms of education standard or employment. FRSM,FTCL,and FLCM are not equivalent in education standards or employment prospects of a doctorate. Professional classical performers do not take any diplomas because the standard of playing required to pass even the Fellowship ones is too low even for someone to teach instruments at a top conservatoire.
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comment What are the ABRSM graded examinations, and why would one want to take them?
The MU represents people who make their living through music. Because grade 8 is an elementary exam most professional musicians wouldn't mention it. Professional classical musicians generally take it at school when they are about 14. Most people don't mention tests they took at school age 14 in relation to what they do for a living. You don't have to pass any grade exams to make a living in music. So there is no reason why anyone who makes a living playing music can't join the MU. But grade 8 people won't make a living because they can't play well enough.