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.

Jeneba Kanneh-Mason performs Elgar

Today we celebrate World Piano Day! This is an annual worldwide event, which takes place on the 88th day of the year (because of the number of keys on the piano). To mark the occasion, watch BBC Young Musician finalist, Jeneba Kanneh-Mason, perform Chanson de Matin by Elgar. This piece has an exceptionally beautiful and memorable melody, and has become particularly well known. It is a Grade 4 piece from our 2019 & 2020 Piano syllabus. Let us know if you’ve played this piece and why not upload a performance on Facebook or Twitter!

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