Exams & Theory

Music examinations are voluntary but they are a useful means to measure progress. We have an excellent pass rate and regularly enter students for exams through ‘The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music’ (ABRSM) and Trinity College London. Both of these boards are recognised within the UK’s ‘Regulated Qualifications Framework’ (RQF). There are many types of exam including; Classical, Jazz, Rock & Pop, Performance and Diploma and there is now the option for a Digital Online exam. There are no age restrictions and many adults also choose to take exams.

When a Practical or Theory exam is passed at Grade 6 or above they are awarded points which are recognised by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). This is of significance as it can help a student achieve their place at university, the number of points the candidate receives is based on their Grade and mark.

Music Theory
To understand the theory behind the music gives a student greater depth and insight when learning to play an instrument. To be able to take a practical exam at Grade 6 or above with the 'Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music’, students must have achieved a pass in Grade 5 Theory.

In most practical lessons we generally include theory as part of the on-going tuition. Students are provided with regular homework and encouraged to study at home.

Musical theory can also be studied as a subject in its own right; lessons can be on a one-to-one basis or in small groups for a minimum of half an hour a week. Students’ progress at their own pace and may take as many or as few exams as they wish.

Aural and Sight-reading
For students who have forthcoming examinations and feel unsure about the aural and sight-reading tests, particularly on the higher grades where the extra few marks can make all the difference, we can offer you extra tuition. This would be in addition to your own regular lessons with your own teacher and they carry no obligation to continue once your examination has been passed. 

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