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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Learn to play some great tunes with just a bucket!

Mr Drum’s Bucket Drumming

Phil McPharlane, or Mr Drum as he’s affectionately known, has produced several tutorial-styled videos to teach newcomers bucket drumming.

In each of his tutorials, Mr Drum gives viewers the basic rhythm and beats to perform a well-known song using only two drum-sticks (although woods spoons work just as well) and a plastic bucket.

The 8-part series teaches viewers how to play ‘We Will Rock You‘ by Queen, ‘Billie Jean‘ by Michael Jackson and ‘Yellow‘ by Coldplay – among other hits. By the end of this series you will have accomplished the basics of bucket drumming.

Have a go at home today: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtVzbWF0RDtr1lV6_RYrbRw/videos?view=0&sort=dd&shelf_id=0

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