Juried Exams

said: May 26, 2011
 15 posts

Do you believe in formal, final exams for Suzuki students? I have just begun a Suzuki violin program in a “traditional” music school that has always used final exams (with a jury) to evaluate a student’s progress at the end of each semester. I have been asked to include my students in these exams. I feel an overall evaluation of the semester with helpful suggestions for improvement by the private teacher would be OK and even beneficial but I’m interested to see how others feel about having their students (especially young beginners) play a juried exam at the end of each semester.

PS I think RCM or ASTA exams are a great motivational tool as a long-term goal, especially for older students. But I wonder about the value of 4- and 5-year-olds being graded by a panel of judges every few months.

Jennifer Visick said: May 26, 2011
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Growing up in a Suzuki program that was part of a larger performing arts school, I remember having juries (we called them “evaluations”) once a year in front of a panel of 3 or 4 teachers from the school. It was OK—I never really thought I got a whole lot out of the experience as far as using the feedback—although possibly my teacher used it to help her teach better(?)

But I don’t remember doing this as a very young child—maybe only after age 7 or 8.

said: May 26, 2011
 12 posts

As a parent I’d say my attitude to it would be very much dependent on the atmosphere of the exam and the nature of the comments and results that come out of it. I doubt very young children would benefit much and it may be counterproductive—the start of the Suzuki program can have infinitessimally slow progress and putting pressure on to get quanitifable results out of very young children seems to run counter to the Suzuki ethos as I understand it. With older children it could well provide a valuable incentive to really polish pieces.

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