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Music Theory exams – March 2021

  • Online Music Theory exams (Grades 1 to 5) – we are cancelling the online exams planned for 16 March. Exams in May and June will go ahead as planned.
  • Paper Music Theory exams (Grades 6 to 8) – we will not be offering these exams in March. The next exams at Grades 6 to 8 will be in June 2021.
  • Grade 5 Music Theory requirement - from 1 January to 30 April 2021 only, candidates can take Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical exams without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. From 1 May 2021, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return with flexibility about timing. If you receive an email asking for your proof of prerequisite, please ignore this. We will still release any results in line with the arrangements outlined here.

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Playing and singing with other musicians is a wonderful way to learn and enjoy music. We offer syllabuses for a wide range of ensembles, from duos and trios to jazz ensemble.

Groups are required to perform a minimum of two contrasted items of appropriate standard and length. They may offer either two of the suggested works listed in the syllabus or any alternatives of their own choice that are similar in standard and length.

Please note that this syllabus is only available online.

What's in the exam?

  • For candidates of Grade 4–5 standard
  • 12-minute programme
  • A minimum of two items, contrasting in style and tempo
  • For candidates of Grade 6–7 standard
  • 18-minute programme
  • A minimum of two items, contrasting in style and tempo
  • For candidates of Grade 8 standard
  • 25-minute programme
  • A minimum of two items, contrasting in style and tempo

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