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    Belinda
    Participant

    Hello Michael and everyone. I have a question about skill level…maybe several.
    Are there any ways online to determine skill level/grade officially? I saw a site about ” grades” . Do you conduct those assessments here? Or is there a books series to complete that will somwhat determine this?

    I was just wondering because I felt although I enjoy playing as a hobby, working towards a certain standard helps me. I don’t necessarily need it but it sparked my curiousity when I clicked on what level I thought I was. I thought I was a beginner ….then now I think I’m more intermediate….based on the total number of years I played when I was younger and I know I’ve grown past the “beginner” songs. I hope I’m making some sense here.

    Anyway, thank you!!!

    #4100 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    This is a really good question! This whole system you are talking about is popular in Europe, and I believe they have the grading system setup in the school systems. If you find a source that allows you to test this online let me know, but I’m pretty sure there isn’t anything like that available.

    My suggestion if you want to understand your ability level–post a video in the forums and I’ll give you some insight. Only labeling yourself as a beginner or intermediate player can be rather broad, so I might be able to add some insight to it. For example, I might say your rhythm is really good but your intonation needs practice. Those are things I would find more valuable regarding ability level. Many people are very good in some areas (intermediate level I would say), but need to catch up in other areas.

    Hope you decide to post a video in the forums! Let me know if you have any other questions.

    #4108 Reply

    Belinda
    Participant

    Thanks for taking the time to elaborate. So, I’ll get the guts to post a video soon enough and will appreciate any advice you have to offer as well as from others on the forum. I applaud all those that have posted a video! I learn something new from them too!

    #4109 Reply

    Yinmui
    Participant

    There is the ABRSM grading test we can also take in the US. I think there are 8 grading level.

    #4110 Reply

    Belinda
    Participant

    ThanksYinmui! I’ll look into that also.

    #4112 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    Either of you guys should post something here if you find any sort of links. Would be interesting to take a test if there is one!

    #4114 Reply

    Yinmui
    Participant

    Here’s the link. http://us.abrsm.org/en/home

    #4115 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    This is very interesting, thanks for sharing! I know this is really big in Europe and it’s interesting to see how they actually grade people. It looks like a very formal and intense process–I think they should have something similar setup here in the United States. Anything that relates to students trying to achieve a goal (like auditioning) encourages more practice and effort. Great job Europe!

    #4116 Reply

    Yinmui
    Participant

    No, Michael, the ABRSM exam is available in the US, not limited to Europe. If you look careful at the page, that is a US page. It’s basically an international agency, but they do exam all over the world.

    #4117 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    Got it! Very interesting and worth referring some people to. Maybe I should try taking the test myself and see what it is like. Thanks for bringing awareness to this!

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