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.

Music Theory exam dates

We are providing extra dates in March when candidates can take an online Grade 1 to 5 Music Theory exam.

  • Tuesday 16 March – candidates can start the exam at any time between 5pm and 6pm
  • Saturday 20 March – candidates can start the exam at any time between 10am and 11am
  • Thursday 25 March – candidates can start the exam at any time between 5pm and 6pm

 We plan to offer Grade 6 to 8 paper Music Theory exams on Wednesday 28 April with a booking period from 8 to 15 March.

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.

The making and meaning of popular music – a podcast

Describing itself as ‘a podcast breaking down the music of pop hits’, Switched on Pop is presented by two classical music geeks who are as comfortable talking about Liszt as they are Little Mix.

Co-hosted by Nate Sloan, Assistant Professor in Musicology at USC (University of Southern California), and Charlie Harding, a songwriter and producer, Switched on Pop uncovers ‘a-ha’ moments in music and links to the classical genre by posing fun questions like: ‘Does the falsetto in One Direction’s What Makes You Beautiful essentially make them our modern day Castrati?’. Listen on Classic FM, Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

https://switchedonpop.com/

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