If you are working hard to make progress with your music you need some way of recognising your success.
Music exams offer:
- Motivation and inspiration, working from a carefully structured syllabus towards a definite goal
- A measure of personal progress and attainment against internationally recognised benchmarks
- An objective guide to improve your musical skills
- Assessment by a respected and independent musician who has been highly trained and is constantly monitored
- Performance opportunities and a real sense of achievement
I use the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) examining board. The Board offers eight graded exams and an introductory Preparatory Test for young beginners. Also available is a Performance Assessment, designed mostly for adult learners and pupils with special needs who would like feedback on their progress without the challenge of an examination.
Exams take place toward the end of each school term and are held at the Clacton centre, currently based in Holland Road Methodist Church.
Further information can be found on the ABRSM website.
Keyboard exams are organised by Trinity College London. They consist of an initial test followed by eight graded exams.
Exams take place at the end of each school term and are currently based at St Philomena’s School, Frinton on Sea.
Further information can be found on the Trinity College London website.
Exams are important but I don’t push pupils to take them. I always allow time between exams for pupils to enjoy playing a broad repertoire of music.