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.

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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.

Developing your child’s listening skills

Over 3500 of you have signed up for Classical 100, our fantastic collection of carefully selected pieces of music and activities for children and their families.

Celebrating Elgar’s 163rd birthday this week, you might want to listen to his famous Cello Concerto in E minor, Nimrod from his Enigma Variations, or celebrate getting to the end of another home-schooling week with a Pomp and Circumstance March!

We hope Classical 100 inspires your children at home. Have you used any of the resources? Share your experience by emailing [email protected]. We might feature your story in some of our future PlayOn content.

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