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.

Keep the music playing – organise a window serenade this winter

Window Serenades share the joy of live music with isolated people, bringing solo musicians or small groups to play outside care home windows for those who request a song. Created as a socially-distanced programme for Make Music Day on 21 June 2020 and cross-promoted by the international Make Music Alliance as a way to provide safe musical performances during a global pandemic, Window Serenades can be just as relevant in the winter, reaching those who are isolated during the long dark days of the year.

What you’ll need

A group of enthusiastic musicians – although a solo musician could do a Window Serenade on their own, it’s more fun if there are multiple artists who can perform in rotation, or cover more territory at a large care home.

Any gear you need to perform – to stay socially distanced, don’t ask the nursing home to provide anything. Bring your own music stand, guitar amp, batteries, warm jacket, and anything else you need. Don’t forget your trusted washing pegs to attach your music to your music stands for windy days!

For more information on organising your own Window Serenade, visit the Make Music Day website:

https://makemusicday.co.uk/blog-mmwinter-window-serenades/

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