some things to bear in mind from what I remember of mine:
1) You don't get to perform your ABC choices, only excerpts as defined by the examiner and will usually be the bits with some technical aspects that becomes the basis of the discussion on how to teach it!
2) Staccato, phrasing, rubato and breathing all came up - although the latter wont apply to piano!
3) QS is stand alone but your prep time is being marked - be on guard and don't waste the time.
4) With Viva is primarily about whether you can teach up to grade 6 level and can coherently and enthusiastically communicate the content. Its OK not to have answers to everything i was asked about jazz and replied it was a CPD focus for me - got away with it too!
5) Take everything with you - you need to show that your resources are comprehensive and complete covering all aspects of the syllabus including, scales,sight reading, aural and theory. This isn't just about teaching pieces but producing well rounded musicians!
6) Submission was bound in a high quality plastic cover with side clasps - it was also a source of discussion in the viva so be prepared to defend your methods and views!
Good luck with it!
Hello Clari_notts, thank you for your reply!
Does the candidate select the order of pieces to discuss or is it decided by the examiner?
Can the candidate select the order of the exam components: QS, Viva voce, discussion of written submission?
Is it true that the viva is determined mainly by the selection of repertoire and method books you bring to the exam?
I'm not too confident about teaching jazz as my music education has been mainly in the classical genre. What is CPD? Did the examiner make any comments about this in the remarks sheet?
If few/no jazz books are brought to the exam, do you think it would matter? I would be bringing theory, aural, SR, etc materials, but I'm not sure if I'd need to demonstrate the ability to teach jazz pieces and technique.
Did you bring a copy of your written submission to the exam or did the examiner have a copy of it with him during the exam?
Did the examiner spend much time looking at the range of materials you brought? I'm thinking of supplying him with a booklist of the materials I'm bringing in. Should I?
Thank you very much for your help!