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.

The RPS conversation - Music on the home front

In the next instalment of The RPS Conversation, RPS Chief Executive James Murphy, introduces four people who have each done remarkable musical deeds in lockdown: the pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason whose performances at the family home have attracted millions on Facebook and BBC TV, conductor Helen Harrison who – with the Blackpool Symphony Orchestra – created one of the biggest viral hits of lockdown, violinist Catherine Arlidge whose joyous webinars for the National Children’s Orchestra and her own family exploits have been keeping spirits bright, and choral director Ben England who united 3,000 people to sing the Messiah at home as part of The Self-Isolation Choir.

As Catherine remarks in the conversation: ‘as a classical musician performing in big classical halls, you have an image of what quality is, and what this perfection is that you’re trying to achieve. But actually lockdown has shifted that more towards a quality about connection, about meaning and relevance, and about saying something that people need and value now.’

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