Latest exam updates

Performance Grades: Booking for June Performance Grades is open now until 13 May.

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.

What’s the best thing about being in an orchestra?

Orchestras for All has launched a brand new Music Leadership Training Programme – an inspiring set of resources specially designed to boost the skills of music leaders and teachers working in state secondary schools, music hubs /services and community music contexts.

’The need to improve access to music making for young people is growing – and our new initiative aims to equip teachers and music leaders with the vital tools and strategies they need to start or develop an ensemble in their school or local community. Expert training is provided through 10 online modules, covering everything from brushing up your conducting and finding suitable music for your ensemble to top tips on how to run an inclusive rehearsal.

To celebrate the launch we’re also hosting an exclusive series of free, live webinars via Zoom, with guest appearances from some of the world’s most respected musicians and music educators – including Sian Edwards, Orchestras for All’s Patron and Head of Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and multi-instrumentalist and composer, Emily Askew.

Sian said: “I feel strongly that any orchestra or ensemble, of any skill level, deserves great leadership – and can be transformed by it. Music Leadership Training gives music teachers and music leaders the skills and the confidence they need to stand up in front of an ensemble in their school or community and be that great leader. I am pleased to share the skills and knowledge I have with the extraordinary, dedicated people working at the front line in their schools and communities.’

Emily commented: “Aural learning is at the heart of folk music making, but the skills involved are crucial for music making in all contexts and genres. Leading an ensemble aurally unlocks musicians' musicianship and ensemble skills, opening up the ensemble for players who don't use western notation or are at an early stage in learning.”

Find out more: https://www.orchestrasforall.org/blog/launches-music-leadership-training

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