Music Examination: What the Fuss is All About

January 4, 2020, 10:04 PM · Music educators have long been divided on this issue. Some musicians would roll their eyes in frustration when being asked about music examination. They see it as a hollow attempt to quantify and judge a musician’s ability. When too much effort is spent on the exam and not on the music itself, the entire process of music making becomes meaningless. When music is made for purposes other than for human expression, it has strayed from the path of why music existed in the first place.

For other music educators who embraced examination, they see it as a structural way of teaching music. It serves as a guideline for teachers to plan for the long-term for each individual student, with the final goal of producing a well-rounded musician. By using the syllabus as a backdrop, the teachers will have a better sense of what are the strengths and weaknesses of each student.

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