Latest exam updates

Performance Grade booking

We will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Exact dates will be announced soon. Please check here for more information.

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) – the next exams will take place in June. Please note, dates and booking periods for Grades 1-5 and Grades 6-8 may be different from now on. For full details, see our dates and fees page.
  • 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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Fantastic music resources to support your children at home

We’ve pulled together some of our favourite resources to support music learning at home for primary and secondary age children.

Learn to conduct!

No need to buy an expensive baton, try a pencil or a wooden spoon when giving these

conducting tutorials a go http://encoreyouthmusic.com/explore-conducting/

Amnesty International – The Power of our Voices

These thought-provoking lesson guides to protest music through the ages are best suited to children over the age of 11 and come with their own worksheets. https://www.amnesty.org.uk/files/yhrs_lesson_1_case_studies__worksheets_2014.pdf

Make your own African Djembe

This primary resource gives children an opportunity to get artistically and musically creative by crafting and decorating a Djembe drum. They will also have an opportunity to think about music, art and design that is influenced by African culture. Children will be challenged to follow instructions to make an African drum, and adapt those instructions for their own creativity using the National Geographic Kids’ Art resource sheet.

https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/primary-resource/african-djembe-drum-art-primary-resource/

Chrome Music Lab

The Chrome Music Lab website makes learning music accessible through fun, hands-on experiments. Many teachers have been using Chrome Music Lab as a tool in their classrooms to explore music and its connections to science, maths, art and more, as well as combining it with dance and live instruments. Here’s a collection of some its uses on Twitter.( https://twitter.com/i/events/826075807915192320)

https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Experiments

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