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. If you receive an email asking for your proof of prerequisite, please ignore this. We will still release any results in line with the arrangements outlined here.

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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.

Becoming an online musician

ISM member, classical guitarist and teacher Craig Ogden shares his experiences of moving to performing and teaching online since COVID-19 hit the UK.

Responding creatively to the challenge

The speed at which six months of performance work has disappeared has been a shock for all performing musicians. Within the space of what felt like hours, a busy and varied series of concerts in my diary from March through to August has either been cancelled or postponed. So many people have stepped into a financial void and we can only hope that the government and other bodies able to assist will do so.

However, musicians are by definition creative, so the speed of transitioning to an enhanced online presence has mirrored the speed with which our work disappeared. The challenge is to make this produce any sort of income and I don’t think anyone has a well-structured answer to that just yet.

Read more on the ISM website: https://www.ism.org/advice/becoming-an-online-musician

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