Music Exams Autumn 2020

Practical exams

Unfortunately, we will not be able to host exams at the end of this autumn 2020 term, and we will be unable to book children in for London Centre exams. If the situation improves in the spring we hope to be able to take bookings for the Easter 2021 exam period.

You can still enter your child for a London centre exam through the ABRSM website

Theory exams

All theory exams will take place online on Tuesday 10th November 5pm. You can enter for the online exam through the ABRSM website

Closing dates for entries

Online theory exams  12th October
Public venue practical exams 12th October
Performance exams 5th October

Do contact us if you need help when booking the exam 020 7974 7239.

What the music grades are

We can prepare pupils for Associated Board practical exams. These are available in most instruments and voice. The Associated Board also offer theory of music exams.

Exams provide a progressive system of assessments. They start with the Prep Test. This is a gentle introduction where the examiner gives encouraging feedback. There is no pass or fail.

Grades 1 - 8 need 100 marks out of 150 to pass. Pupils can study in their own time and at their own pace. There is no need to take every grade. Many pupils skip a level or enter for strategic grades.

The 'grades' are recognised as international benchmarks. They are valued by teachers and institutions all over the world. Grades 6 upwards also carry UCAS tariff points.

To enter at grade 6 and above, pupils need to have passed grade 5 theory.

Exams don't suit all pupils, but, for some they provide clear attainable goals and are good for motivation.

What the exam involves

During the exam pupils will be asked to perform three prepared pieces of music. Most pieces have a piano accompaniment. All candidates, apart from those entering for piano or guitar, will need an accompanist.

As well as the pieces, candidates are asked to play some prepared technical exercises called scales and arpeggios. Also, candidates are asked to play a short piece of music they have not seen before. This is called sight-reading. Finally, the examiner will ask candidates to take three or four short aural tests.