Exams and scholarships

I coach pupils towards exams from either of the two main syllabuses – Associated Board and Trinity Board. These exams cover the curricular levels set in upper schools for scholarship level of music. I can give recommendations and references for achievements of this calibre. Exam grades also tie in closely with requirements of schools, colleges and universities. RQF credits can be achieved and good passes at Grades 6, 7 and 8 will contribute UCAS points students need when applying for university.


New video exams – remote assessment

ABRSM have recently added a performance exam where candidates upload 4 performances on a continuous video with no technical work, sight reading or aural tests required.  No doubt the introduction of these new performance exams have been hastened by the changing landscape caused by COVID19. This is a permanent and equally valid alternative to the traditional syllabus which has itself been revised with less technical work. Both carry equal RQF credits.

Likewise, Trinity Board also offer an online video exam as an alternative to the traditional exam.

Theory exams for ABRSM grade 1-5 now online, with no written papers!

ABRSM have radically changed theory exams to online multiple choice questions for grades 1 to 5.

However, written papers will still be needed for grades 6 to 8 which cover figured bass and Bach chorale harmonisations in preparation for Baroque composition for A level and university level.

Grade 5 theory is required before entering grade 6 practical at ABRSM but not at Trinity. If you know your grade 5 theory well you will essentially have most the theory you need to know for playing the piano.