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.

Watch a premiere performance from The Benedetti Foundation

The original tune written by trumpeter, composer and educator Wynton Marsalis, has been passed around four countries over three weeks – USA, Hungary, Finland and Serbia – from one ‘Virtuoso Violinist’ to another.

Over the last few weeks, the piece has travelled all over the world and has taken on its own unique character. They have changed rhythms, twisted notes, rewritten corners, added instrumentation and colours and effects – and along the way, local professional musicians have taught how they do it to thousands of others.

​This final film brings these tunes together and takes you on a visual and aural journey around these cultures as we share the first part of the Global Violin’s story.

The final performance is available on YouTube and Facebook from 5pm on Sunday 13 December. @benedetti_fdtn @NickyBenedetti


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