Our Practical Grades focus on all-round musical knowledge and skills. They are assessed through a face-to-face exam and are available for the following levels and subjects:
- Initial Grade: Piano and Bowed Strings only
- Grades 1 to 8: classical instruments and singing, Singing for Musical Theatre
- Grades 1 to 5: jazz instruments
We also offer Practical Musicianship Grades that assess all-round listening, reading and playing skills.
Find a Practical Grade syllabus. [link to new page:13 Our exams – Exam syllabuses]
An instrumental and singing Practical Grade has four sections:
- Three pieces or songs
- Scales and arpeggios for instrumentalists / unaccompanied song for singers
- Sight-reading / quick study for jazz instruments
- Aural tests
Total marks for Practical Grades are 150. You need to achieve:
- 100 to pass
- 120 to pass with merit
- 130 to pass with distinction
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