Dulcie Holland Protest
I've seen it with my own eyes
Students virtually ripping their hair out, out of their own scalp
When given a question and the text doesn't even show you how to do it
And no examples are provided
The very last thing you want to see
Is to make a student feel that way
Using terms that students are not ready for
It has to be changed
The whole idea of educating is to make instructions simple
Making the student to have a clear understanding
And complex questions to be simplified as
Much as you can and then being a guide
This is in only grade 1 theory, chapter 3. They are not ready to know how to write music for other instruments and learning the names of the 4 voices which begins in grade 3 chapter 8.
Grade 4 chapter 13 - There’s no explanation to explain how to do the exercise, such as
Step 1) Figure out what key it’s in and then write out all the diatonic triads.
2) You can pick any diatonic triad and/or it’s inversion at any point in the exercise.
3) Standard cadence rules must be applied at the end (such as a plagal or perfect cadence).
4) Other cadences can be used at any point of time throughout the exercise.
5) You do not tell the students that there is more than one answer for a question.
6) There are no examples provided.
7) Parallel fifths aren’t allowed but the exception only if the voicing is exactly the same, such as F (tenor) C (alto), followed by F (tenor) C (alto) which this connects to point 8.
8) The answer book, written by another company, gives answers that the original text (Dulcie Holland) doesn’t even show how to get that answer.
9) There’s no decency in the answer book when a voice is repeated for the next triad and they just put in a minim, it completely confuses and questions the teachers and students and Holland does not teach this.
10) There’s a clear lack of communication between the highest authority of these texts.
Not all students can read roman numerals. This is from Grade 1, Lesson 6 question 11.