Latest exam updates

Practical Session 2 Update - USA

We appreciate how much the cancellation of our exams has affected learners And we are working hard on solutions to ensure learners can gain their qualifications at the earliest opportunity.

However, on the basis of official and local advice we will be cancelling Session 2 Practical exams scheduled for October-December. Our Representatives will provide further guidance in due course. We are very sorry for the impact on teachers and candidates and we will continue to monitor the situation. Thank you for your loyalty and support while these restrictions remain in place.

We will be gradually rolling out remotely-assessed Performance Grades internationally starting before the end of 2020 and will share exam dates and booking periods soon.

Music Theory November Update - USA

We are still in the process of confirming with our Representatives whether Music Theory exams can take place in every area, based on local official advice. However, we can confirm that the Theory exams in the following areas below have been cancelled. All other areas are currently scheduled to hold a Music Theory exam, however we are monitoring the situation closely and will be in touch if anything changes.

North Carolina

Protecting your child’s instrument at home   

As the new term gets underway, some students are slowly resuming face-to-face lessons and playing, while others are continuing to take part in online lessons or virtual ensembles and even prepare for remotely-assessed exams like our new Performance Grades. 

However your child is making music, one thing is certain – we’re all still spending more time at home, and between practising, recording and taking part in lessons, it’s all too easy to have an accident that can damage an instrument. Our partner Allianz Musical Insurance has some tips for keeping instruments safe at homeas well as advice on what to do if an accident does happen…   

As the UK’s No.1 musical instrument insurer, we’ve seen a rise in accidental damage incidents in 2020.  A door might be opened onto a guitar, a keyboard knocked off its stand or coffee spilled on to laptop. We’ve recently helped customers who’ve had these experiences and more – perhaps they sound familiar!   

Being at home, where there are more people around and where instruments are more likely to be left out, means that more accidents can happen. But there are some simple things you can do to minimise the risk of accidental damage.  

  • Make sure instruments get put away –it can be so easy to leave them out after a practice session. 
  • Consider putting signs on doors so people in your house know when an instrument is out.   
  • Try not to leave instruments in cramped spaces to avoid them being knocked over or damaged by other objects. 
  • Keep food and drink away from all instruments and equipment.  
  • Use surge protectors if you have a lot of electrical devices, such as amps  
  • Avoid trying to fix something yourself as this could cause more damage. We know how tempting it can be to do this, but it’s always worth getting a professional to take a look. 

Of course, despite our best intentions, accidents do happen. When they do, there’s nothing worse than being stuck with an expensive bill for repairs or replacements. Having musical instrument insurance is a great way to make sure you’re covered whatever happens. We’ve supported parents throughout 2020 with everything from damaged violin factures (a family member opened a door directly onto a practising student) to broken laptops (we also insure laptops, computers, tablets, phones and more) – and helped young musicians to keep playing and learning.   

Allianz Musical Insurance are committed to supporting UK musicians during this time. That’s why we’re giving all new customers 2 months free musical instrument insurance when you buy a yearly policy online!* Find out more about how we could be supporting you and your child, and keeping the show on the road – or at least live from the living room!   

Terms and conditions apply.

* 2 months free only applicable when you buy a policy online. For the first year you will only make 10 payments. Subject to our minimum premium. 

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