Latest exam updates

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) – the next exams will take place in June. Please note, dates and booking periods for Grades 1-5 and Grades 6-8 may be different from now on. For full details, see our dates and fees page.
  • 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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Becoming a Better Music Teacher – your reviews

With over 20,000 enrolments since it began, this free online course is now available regularly and sits at the heart of our online teacher support and CPD programme.

Really helpful and enjoyable course. Some great ideas for future lessons, tips for self analysis and improvement, and a huge amount of well thought-out material. Also reassuring to see some techniques I already use too - helps to know you're on the right track sometimes too!

I really enjoyed the online course as it confirmed I’m doing a good job on so many levels but also gave me some angles to consider that I hadn’t before. The printable sheets I have used in lessons since too. Having online group chats with other teachers & reading their suggestions was nice too. I would recommend spending the time to do it whatever stage of teaching you’re at.

I was very keen to do this course and impressed with the amount of information available. You never stop learning and as a teacher it is important to keep up to date. It was also good to be able to see the comments from other teachers as sharing ideas is also important. I would thoroughly recommend it.

These are just some of the positive comments we’ve received about our course, Becoming a Better Music Teacher. Our next course begins on 10 August and you can register online now:

Want a taster of the course? Here’s Chief Examiner, John Holmes to introduce the course.

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