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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Performance Grade booking

We will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Exact dates will be announced soon. Please check here for more information.



The calming nature of June Armstrong’s Butterfly will appeal to young learners, and in this film we enjoy Liz and Alex’s performances. This is a great learning piece because both parts are very accessible to beginners. Butterfly features in Piano Star Duets, a book of newly commissioned duets for young learners.


Weird Polka

The secondo part of Weird Polka is a fun challenge for students who are wanting to improve their accompaniment skills. The staccato nature of the part makes it a great learning tool, a challenge to get in line with the more fluid primo part. Neugasimov is a well-known composer and also features on Grade 3 of the new ABRSM Piano syllabus.


Apache Drum

In this short film, Karen Marshall’s Apache Drums is brought to life by Liz and her son, Alex. The ‘knock on wood’ effects will be fun for any young student to master. Piano Star Duets is full of newly commissioned pieces, watch our film for a taster!

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