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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.

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.

Making music analysis come to life!

Today marks National Harry Potter Day and to celebrate we wanted to share this wonderful series of YouTube films, analysing the music of Harry Potter by John Williams.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL41tXjoooZDGHJFufRcgoN-iEdqkZYUbQ

 Here's Tony Hales, our Chairman, with actor David Bradley who plays Filch in the Harry Potter films. They both share a passion for music (as well as football) as David explains:

“I have always enjoyed listening to music and playing music, and I still get great pleasure from singing and playing with my family and friends. Music is for everyone young, old, in between, to enjoy with friends and even with villains. It is fun, encourages us to learn and develop and helps bring us all together regardless of who we are.”

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