Latest exam updates

Performance Grade exams

We are pleased to confirm that we will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Please check our Dates and Fees page for details.

Grade 5 Music Theory waiver (not applicable in the UK & Ireland)

We are extending our Grade 5 Music Theory waiver until 23 May 2021. This means that candidates with a Grade 6 to 8 Performance Grade exam submission date up to and including 23 May can take their exam without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. We are making this exceptional arrangement to allow candidates who have been unable to take an exam in recent months to progress with their learning. From 24 May, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return. For exam dates/exam submission dates after 23 May, all candidates taking a Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical Grade must first pass Grade 5 Music Theory.

Archie performs on his trombone

Watch Archie play Broken Dreams by John Frith on his trombone. Archie is preparing for his Grade 3. Filming yourself can be a very helpful way of reviewing your progress, as it helps you to think critically about your performance. Are you using recordings in your practice at home? If you have a story to share, send it to [email protected] and you might feature in a future PlayOn resource!

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