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.

Three Nations Under One Groove

Three Nations Under One Groove is a collaboration between the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO), Germany’s BuJazzO and the NJJO from Holland. Three exciting jazz ensembles, 85 of Europe’s top emerging jazz musicians, and now, three multi-screen video performance for you to enjoy!

The three bands have been collaborating since 2014, with this years’ project taking on a very 2020 spin due to the ongoing social distancing guidelines. For the last outing in April 2018, the three orchestras met up for five days of collaborative music-making, which featured a UK tour plus an additional European leg for good measure. In 2020? Things are a little bit different!

This time round, each of the three Artistic Directors – Mark Armstrong (NYJO), Martin Fondse (NJJO) and Niels Klein (BuJazzO) – presented the group with an original composition which was then practised, performed and recorded during the weeks’ worth of online activities.

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