Each student had the chance to play up to 12 major scales for credit.
The letters across the top of the following graph represent those 12 scales (F, Bb, Eb, etc)
As you can see, of the 7 students represented, only 3 of them played all of their scales.
Each scale could be played multiple octaves (a single octave is 8 notes)
A One octave scale PERFECTLY PLAYED earned 6 points. Two octave up to 12 points.
You can see that on some scales, specific students only earned a fraction of the available credit.
Blank spaces or a "zero" indicates that the scale was not attempted.
The final column on the right is the chromatic scale. It is the fingering chart for the instrument (literally). THis score was based on a possible 10 points for correct range and even speed/sound.
Scales are the vocabulary of the musician, so learning them is CRITICAL to musical success!
We evaluate five categories (Tone, Notes, etc), with a maximum of 4 points per category.
As shown below, there can be strong and weak categories.
Less than a "4" in tone might also affect other areas of playing (pitch in particular and perhaps style and dynamics).
A score of "zero" means that there was no discernible effort made to show that particular characteristic.
Typically, low scores in etude categories indicate that the student waited too long to start studying and preparing the etude. They got some of the aspects, but those requiring time and repetition to perfect suffered.
1) How many of this instrument can be in a band and achieve balance and blend?
2) Where are the natural ability breaks?
3) What will give the student the best opportunity for learning (better to be 1st chair in a lower band and perhaps be a soloist than to sit last chair in an upper band and struggle with parts?)
So with the above, the top two poayers are very similar in ability and fairly advanced.
The next player(s) show a definite gap and would likely not be able to play alongside the top two.
We would then decide whether to put two in Wind Symphony, two or three in Symphonic Band, and either one or two in Concert Band.
Hopefully, this helps you understand the audition and band placement process !