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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.

Enjoy the CBSO’s MusicBox activities at home!

Created by violinist Georgia Hannant, MusicBox is a series of ten short videos designed to encourage children to sing, think about and participate in music. Each session will begin with songs taught in Solfa – a method of learning and reading music which uses seven note names for a scale (‘Do’, ‘Re’, ‘Mi’, ‘Fa’, ‘So’, ‘La’ and ‘Ti’), with a hand signal for each syllable. Children will experience a short piece of music designed to encourage creative activity, or simply to relax and listen to, and worksheets are provided with follow-up activities for the children to do in their own time or together with family. The sessions aim to cater for a variety of musical levels and abilities, from complete beginners to budding instrumentalists.

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