Latest exam updates

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.

Learn to drum at home with just a bucket and wooden spoons!

You don’t need lots of fancy equipment to develop your sense of rhythm. Tees Valley Music Service and Phil McPharlane (or Mr Drum as he’s affectionately known) has produced several tutorial-style videos to teach newcomers bucket drumming.

In each of his tutorials, Mr Drum gives viewers the basic rhythm and beats to perform a well-known song using only two drum-sticks (although woods spoons work just as well) and a plastic bucket.

Mr Drum uses a simple number and beat method, as well as incorporating handy on-screen graphics so that learning this new skill is as easy as possible.

Bucket Drumming with Mr Drum:

Lesson 1 - https://youtu.be/o358BMPMy4I

Lesson 2 - https://youtu.be/NUmmraAngZ4

Lesson 3 - https://youtu.be/D0983KP3NUk

Lesson 4 - https://youtu.be/ZiNZn2CcVTI

Lesson 5 - https://youtu.be/S27Np16xgOo

Lesson 6 - https://youtu.be/xAYqsFvrvvk

Lesson 7 - https://youtu.be/xebnsSediaA

Lesson 8 - https://youtu.be/vzg2h72cKV4

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