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.

Learn to drum at home with just a bucket and wooden spoons!

You don’t need lots of fancy equipment to develop your sense of rhythm. Tees Valley Music Service and Phil McPharlane (or Mr Drum as he’s affectionately known) has produced several tutorial-style 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.

Mr Drum uses a simple number and beat method, as well as incorporating handy on-screen graphics so that learning this new skill is as easy as possible.

Bucket Drumming with Mr Drum:

Lesson 1 - https://youtu.be/o358BMPMy4I

Lesson 2 - https://youtu.be/NUmmraAngZ4

Lesson 3 - https://youtu.be/D0983KP3NUk

Lesson 4 - https://youtu.be/ZiNZn2CcVTI

Lesson 5 - https://youtu.be/S27Np16xgOo

Lesson 6 - https://youtu.be/xAYqsFvrvvk

Lesson 7 - https://youtu.be/xebnsSediaA

Lesson 8 - https://youtu.be/vzg2h72cKV4

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