Latest exam updates

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.

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 exam dates

We can now confirm Grade 6 to 8 paper Music Theory exams will go ahead on Wednesday 28 April at 5pm. The booking period will be open from 8 to 15 March.

Becoming an online musician

ISM member, classical guitarist and teacher Craig Ogden shares his experiences of moving to performing and teaching online since COVID-19 hit the UK.

Responding creatively to the challenge

The speed at which six months of performance work has disappeared has been a shock for all performing musicians. Within the space of what felt like hours, a busy and varied series of concerts in my diary from March through to August has either been cancelled or postponed. So many people have stepped into a financial void and we can only hope that the government and other bodies able to assist will do so.

However, musicians are by definition creative, so the speed of transitioning to an enhanced online presence has mirrored the speed with which our work disappeared. The challenge is to make this produce any sort of income and I don’t think anyone has a well-structured answer to that just yet.

Read more on the ISM website: https://www.ism.org/advice/becoming-an-online-musician

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