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COVID update

In response to the current restrictions in the UK and Ireland we are deferring Session 1 face-to-face practical exams at Public Venues and paper-based Grade 6 to 8 Music Theory exams at Public Venues and Private Visits. Where we can we will still offer practical exams at Private Visits. Our remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams and our Grade 1 to 5 online Music Theory exams are unaffected and all dates remain unchanged. To read more, please visit our latest updates page.

Performance Grade booking

The next booking period for remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams opens on 1 February. For details, see our dates and fees page.

Learn to play some great tunes with just a bucket!

Mr Drum’s Bucket Drumming

Phil McPharlane, or Mr Drum as he’s affectionately known, has produced several tutorial-styled 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.

The 8-part series teaches viewers how to play ‘We Will Rock You‘ by Queen, ‘Billie Jean‘ by Michael Jackson and ‘Yellow‘ by Coldplay – among other hits. By the end of this series you will have accomplished the basics of bucket drumming.

Have a go at home today: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtVzbWF0RDtr1lV6_RYrbRw/videos?view=0&sort=dd&shelf_id=0

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