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.

Learn to drum at home with just a bucket and wooden spoons!

You don’t need lots of fancy equipment to develop your sense of rhythm. Tees Valley Music Service and Phil McPharlane (or Mr Drum as he’s affectionately known) has produced several tutorial-style 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.

Mr Drum uses a simple number and beat method, as well as incorporating handy on-screen graphics so that learning this new skill is as easy as possible.

Bucket Drumming with Mr Drum:

Lesson 1 - https://youtu.be/o358BMPMy4I

Lesson 2 - https://youtu.be/NUmmraAngZ4

Lesson 3 - https://youtu.be/D0983KP3NUk

Lesson 4 - https://youtu.be/ZiNZn2CcVTI

Lesson 5 - https://youtu.be/S27Np16xgOo

Lesson 6 - https://youtu.be/xAYqsFvrvvk

Lesson 7 - https://youtu.be/xebnsSediaA

Lesson 8 - https://youtu.be/vzg2h72cKV4

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