Latest exam updates

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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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.

Learn to play some great tunes with just a bucket!

Mr Drum’s Bucket Drumming

Phil McPharlane, or Mr Drum as he’s affectionately known, has produced several tutorial-styled videos to teach newcomers bucket drumming.

In each of his tutorials, Mr Drum gives viewers the basic rhythm and beats to perform a well-known song using only two drum-sticks (although woods spoons work just as well) and a plastic bucket.

The 8-part series teaches viewers how to play ‘We Will Rock You‘ by Queen, ‘Billie Jean‘ by Michael Jackson and ‘Yellow‘ by Coldplay – among other hits. By the end of this series you will have accomplished the basics of bucket drumming.

Have a go at home today: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtVzbWF0RDtr1lV6_RYrbRw/videos?view=0&sort=dd&shelf_id=0

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