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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Welcome to Piano Scales Trainer

Our redesigned, revamped Piano Scales Trainer is your all-in-one companion for practising Scales.  Piano Scales Trainer covers all scales requirements at Grades 1-5 from the new syllabus requirements (2021 onwards).

What does Piano Scales Trainer include?

An extensive set of resources to help you practise your scales and learn the requirements for your grade:

  • Notation for every scale, including suggested fingering.
  • Example performances of every scale, for you to compare your own playing against.
  • A built-in metronome to help you see how close you are to exam tempo. Start slow and gradually build up the speed!
  • A unique backing track for every scale.

Use the Test feature for a quick selection of scales from your grade. Perfect for warming up or for preparing for your exam.

You’ll also get access to a simple Practice Meter, so you can see which scales you need to focus on and track your progress as you practise.

How can I use Piano Scales Trainer?

Use the Practice area to help you learn and focus on individual scales. Here you can look at the notation, listen to examples, practise with the metronome or have fun playing along with a backing track.In need of a quick warm-up, or fancy practising exam-style? The Test area selects a series of scales from the requirements for you to perform. Use the record function, reflect critically and rate your performance.

The more you use Piano Scales Trainer, the smarter it gets. Head on over to the Practice Meter to see at a glance which scales you’re doing well at, and which ones need more practice.

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