Latest exam updates

Performance Grade booking

The next booking period for remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams opens in February. For details, see our dates and fees page.

Music Theory exams – March 2021

  • Online Music Theory exams (Grades 1 to 5) – we are cancelling the online exams planned for 16 March. Exams in May and June will go ahead as planned.
  • Paper Music Theory exams (Grades 6 to 8) – we will not be offering these exams in March. The next exams at Grades 6 to 8 will be in June 2021.
  • Grade 5 Music Theory requirement - from 1 January to 30 April 2021 only, candidates can take Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical exams without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. From 1 May 2021, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return with flexibility about timing. If you receive an email asking for your proof of prerequisite, please ignore this. We will still release any results in line with the arrangements outlined here.

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Face-to-face practical exams, session 1 - USA

Due to current COVID restrictions, we will not be opening our normal booking period in January for face-to-face practical exams in April-June. We hope to provide a practical session later in the year, but need to keep all dates under review as we can only accept bookings if COVID travel and government restrictions are lifted. We will provide an update nearer to the next booking period.

Enjoy this extract from the Philharmonia's concert

Lilting woodwinds and rumbling double basses conjure up a fairytale scene in Conversations of Beauty and the Beast from Ravel's Mother Goose. Enjoy this extract from the Philharmonia's concert conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, originally livestreamed from the Royal Festival Hall in September 2020. 

The full concert features Ravel’s Pavane pour une infant défunte, Britten’s Les Illuminations with American soprano Julia Bullock, and the complete ballet score to Mother Goose. Get 1/3 off a ticket for 28 days' access to this or any of our other Watch on Demand concerts with the promo code POMATES (full price £6, offer price £4).  

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