Here are some possible questions the examiner may ask .
There are 20 marks for questions, so it’s worth researching your pieces.
This is what the syllabus says for Musical Theater exams :
MUSICAL THEATER QUESTIONS
“A discussion with the examiner on the preparation and interpretation of the performed pieces”
Questions asked in the past :
Tell me some of the vocal warm ups or breathing exercises you use to prepare ?
How long have you been preparing for this exam ?
Tell me about your character ?
Where are they when they sing their song or perform their monologue ? eg : in their bedroom , in the garden etc .
What happens in the story, just before your song or monologue to prompt the character to sing the song ?
Does the character change or have a realization during their song or monologue ?
Describe your surroundings eg If your in a garden, describe it .
Tell me the story of the musical or play the song or monologue is from .
Students are expected to read the plays and know the story of the musicals they are performing. If you haven’t time to do that, Wikipedia the play or musical , but don’t tell the examiner that’ s what you did ! : ) You can find most musicals on you tube.
PERFORMING ARTS QUESTIONS :
This is what the syllabus says
“A discussion with the examiner about the work presented, context of individual items, interpretation and possible alternative approaches ” .
As this is our first year doing the Perming Arts syllabus , i can’t draw on what examiners have asked before .
If you’re reciting a poem, I would research the author and be able to chat about the meaning , interpretation and mood of your poem. .
For songs and monologues see musical theater questions above:
It also says think about alternative approaches , so have a think about different ways you could perform your prepared pieces.
Don’t forget all solo exam students need clean copies of their monologues, poems and sheet music for their songs . City Music is now closed : ( , so the best place to get sheet music is on line .
Hope that helps