As an American who is learning the erhu through self-study, I have encountered mentions of various erhu grading exams here and there. I've seen the terms "NAFA," "NUS," and maybe a few more. Just out of my own curiosity and love for the instrument, I want to have a basic understanding of these. It reminds me a lot of the belt or -dan system in various martial arts, but maybe I'm not understanding it properly.
What's the main purpose behind these? Getting jobs in Chinese orchestras? Getting accepted to conservatories?
What's the difference between the exam "types?"
Any point for an American to try to take these? Any opportunity in the states, even?
Any benefit to incorporating these into a self-study program even if I don't have a chance to test?
They are much like the ABRSM exams you get in the UK for instruments. The levels get incrementally harder and are a way of measuring technique and play levels. Unless you are going to join an orchestra with a minimum grade or a music conservatorie then you are likely not to need them.
The grade books with the songs and exercise though are a useful way for structured practice that gets progressively harder.
Post by d̗̰̗͆͘ǎ͔̱͈̰̬̫ͨ̌ͮͥ͗ͭ̕vid on Aug 23, 2019 18:39:55 GMT
If u are in the Los Angeles or San Francisco area of California, there are exams held by the Central Conservatory of Music annually. (California Youth Chinese Orchestra/Galaxy Arts Center) I took my level 7 test with CCOM a while ago. To take the exam u need the overseas version of the book.