Latest exam updates

Music Theory June 2021 exam update

Unfortunately, in line with government guidelines, the Music Theory 6-8 paper exams have been cancelled for June 2021 due to COVID-19.

Performance Grade exams

We are pleased to confirm that we will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Please check our Dates and Fees page for details.

Grade 5 Music Theory waiver (not applicable in the UK & Ireland)

We are extending our Grade 5 Music Theory waiver until 23 May 2021. This means that candidates with a Grade 6 to 8 Performance Grade exam submission date up to and including 23 May can take their exam without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. We are making this exceptional arrangement to allow candidates who have been unable to take an exam in recent months to progress with their learning. From 24 May, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return. For exam dates/exam submission dates after 23 May, all candidates taking a Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical Grade must first pass Grade 5 Music Theory.

On 7 July 2017, we saw hundreds of people come together to celebrate music and music education at our Shine event held at London's iconic Barbican centre.

There we celebrated the best of music education and were joined by over 200 young performers. At the event, we saw hundreds of people get excited and celebrate music-making and music education. We wanted to continue to highlight the skills and benefits that people from all walks of life have experienced #BECAUSEOFMUSIC, which is why we launched the new Because of Music website.

We hope you'll be inspired by the stories that we will feature here in the coming weeks and months, and if you have anything to contribute, join us! Share your #BECAUSEOFMUSIC story on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and you could be selected to feature on the website.

“Music is the universal language…it brings people closer together.” - Ella Fitzgerald

Are you part of a group who would like to be trained to deliver our Music Medals assessments for younger learners taught in groups?

We can provide a free Music Medals training session to any group numbering over 25 people. Please fill in our form and we will be in touch.

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