Which tasks are included?
- Rehearsal and Performance
- Viva Voce
- Written submission and arrangement
Latest exam updates
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.
The Music Direction diplomas are designed to reﬂect your day-to-day experience as a director, whether amateur or professional, and to accommodate a variety of different kinds of ensemble – symphony, chamber and string orchestras, wind, military and brass bands, and choirs (accompanied or unaccompanied).
Through live and written components, you'll be examined on your command of directing technique in rehearsal and performance, your understanding of the repertoire, and your knowledge of the instruments or voices within your ensemble.
The tasks are designed to reflect your day-to-day experience as a director and include organising a venue and rehearsal, arranging a piece for your ensemble, compiling a programme and rehearsing the repertoire.
Please note that this syllabus is only available online.
This best selling guide has been extensively updated to remain relevant and invaluable to anyone, experienced or inexperienced, confronted by the task of writing about music - be it programme notes or thesis.
The Music in Words web resource contains additional material and links that support each of the eleven chapters in the book.
A Kindle version of the book is available to purchase from Amazon.