Latest exam updates

Performance Grade booking

The next booking period for remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams opens in February. For details, see our dates and fees page.

Music Theory exams – March 2021

  • Online Music Theory exams (Grades 1 to 5) – we are cancelling the online exams planned for 16 March. Exams in May and June will go ahead as planned.
  • Paper Music Theory exams (Grades 6 to 8) – we will not be offering these exams in March. The next exams at Grades 6 to 8 will be in June 2021.
  • Grade 5 Music Theory requirement - from 1 January to 30 April 2021 only, candidates can take Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical exams without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. From 1 May 2021, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return with flexibility about timing.

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Face-to-face practical exams, session 1 - USA

Due to current COVID restrictions, we will not be opening our normal booking period in January for face-to-face practical exams in April-June. We hope to provide a practical session later in the year, but need to keep all dates under review as we can only accept bookings if COVID travel and government restrictions are lifted. We will provide an update nearer to the next booking period.

Instruments

In Grades 1â3, candidates may play a non-metal instrument.

The pieces set in this syllabus may be played on a trumpet, Bb cornet, Eb soprano cornet or flugelhorn. All the pieces are published for instruments in Bb unless otherwise indicated. Some pieces may be offered on a trumpet in C, D, Eb or E where the syllabus indicates a published edition for these tunings (or where other suitable editions are available).

Eb Soprano Cornet: Candidates should ensure that the piano accompaniments are suitably transposed where necessary. In Grades 1 and 2, Eb Soprano Cornet candidates may choose their List A and/or B pieces from the Grades 1 and 2 lists set for Eb Horn.

Related instrument option: Candidates for any of the above four instruments (Trumpet, Bb Cornet, Eb Soprano Cornet, Flugelhorn) have the option of playing one piece on one of the other three instruments (there is no advantage to be gained over other candidates in taking this option). All other requirements must be performed using the instrument on which the candidate has entered.

 

Publications & audio

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