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.

The making and meaning of popular music – a podcast

Describing itself as ‘a podcast breaking down the music of pop hits’, Switched on Pop is presented by two classical music geeks who are as comfortable talking about Liszt as they are Little Mix.

Co-hosted by Nate Sloan, Assistant Professor in Musicology at USC (University of Southern California), and Charlie Harding, a songwriter and producer, Switched on Pop uncovers ‘a-ha’ moments in music and links to the classical genre by posing fun questions like: ‘Does the falsetto in One Direction’s What Makes You Beautiful essentially make them our modern day Castrati?’. Listen on Classic FM, Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

https://switchedonpop.com/

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