Practical Session 2 Update - USA

We appreciate how much the cancellation of our exams has affected learners And we are working hard on solutions to ensure learners can gain their qualifications at the earliest opportunity.

However, on the basis of official and local advice we will be cancelling Session 2 Practical exams scheduled for October-December. Our Representatives will provide further guidance in due course. We are very sorry for the impact on teachers and candidates and we will continue to monitor the situation. Thank you for your loyalty and support while these restrictions remain in place.

We will be gradually rolling out remotely-assessed Performance Grades internationally starting before the end of 2020 and will share exam dates and booking periods soon.

Music Theory November Update - USA

We are still in the process of confirming with our Representatives whether Music Theory exams can take place in every area, based on local official advice. However, we can confirm that the Theory exams in the following areas below have been cancelled. All other areas are currently scheduled to hold a Music Theory exam, however we are monitoring the situation closely and will be in touch if anything changes. 

California - Los Angeles and San Diego


California - Monterey area


California - San Francisco area







North Carolina



Central California

Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina

New York & Connecticut


Oregon and SW Washington

San Francisco


Arizona & Colorado 

 Southern California (Los Angeles & San Diego) 




Her Majesty The Queen

Governing Body

Colette Bowe

Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood
Principal of the Royal Academy of Music

Douglas Gardner

Jeremy Heap

Professor Colin Lawson
Director of the Royal College of Music

Professor Linda Merrick
Principal of the Royal Northern College of Music

David Roper
Deputy Chairman

Professor Jeffrey Sharkey
Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Alan Smith

Tony Travis


His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales

Executive Directorate

Michael Elliott
Chief Executive

Lincoln Abbotts
Executive Director: Strategic Development

Tim Arnold
Executive Director: Global Operations

Sue Cambridge
Executive Director: Finance & Administration

John Holmes
Chief Examiner

Penny Milsom
Executive Director: Products & Services

Jeremy Phillips
Executive Director: Commercial
(appointed 29 February 2016)

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