Here we provide detailed responses to the most common queries about Music Medals. If your question isn't answered here, please contact the Music Medals team directly.

As of March 2020 we are withdrawing Music Medals from the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and certificates will no longer carry the Ofqual logo. This is to allow us to make important improvements to Music Medals in response to feedback from teachers and learners.

  1. Register as a teacher-assessor
  2. Complete the free online training, which will give you all the information you need to make entries and carry out assessments

Anyone can pay for Music Medals assessments in advance by purchasing Music Medals tokens, singly or in bulk. The unique number on each token is quoted during online entry as proof of payment.

Do you have an applicant number and password to access the Music Medals entries and results site?

No: Please purchase your Music Medals tokens using our online form.

Yes: Please log in and select 'Tokens'.

Tokens can be used as payment for a Music Medal of the same level or lower. If used for a lower level, no refund will be made for the difference. They may not be used in part-payment for a higher level. Tokens are transferable between candidates before use, so you might be able to allocate your incorrect token to another candidate.

Refunds are only given in exceptional circumstances, as the eight-week period allowed for each Music Medal gives flexibility for assessments to be rescheduled.

Downloading the Option tests opens an eight-week window during which the assessment must take place.

First, check if you have a pop-up blocker installed on your computer.

If you have, you should disable it, otherwise it'll prevent you from viewing the Option tests.

You can download them again by clicking on Entry > Active entries > Download options.

Click on the 'Submission number' link to view the list of candidates, tick the box in the 'Select' column for the relevant candidate(s), then click 'Re-release'.

You can then download the Option tests again or opt to have them emailed to you.

You can download them again by clicking on Entry > Active entries > Download options.

Click on the 'Submission number' link to view the list of candidates, tick the box in the 'Select' column for the relevant candidate(s), then click 'Re-release'.

You can then download the Option tests again or opt to have them emailed to you.

You need to choose 'Print as image' – this is a checkbox that'll appear on the 'Print' page in versions 5 and 6 of Adobe Acrobat and in the 'Advanced' menu in version 7.

You can restart the assessment as many times as you like up to the point when the Option test is administered. Once the Option test has been administered, the Music Medal can't be restarted. Please bear in mind that we're not judging the quality of the recording!

Up to 12.

A full list of accepted formats is available in Regulation 11.

Yes. Detailed instructions on verbal introductions are available on this page.

Yes – only one candidate can be assessed per Medal, so you'll need to record three Ensemble-Solo-Option sequences.

No, but you'll get back a blank tape of the same format.

You should send the video, video log, report forms and Option tests to Music Medals Office, ABRSM, 4 London Wall Place, London EC2Y 5AU. Please make sure to package everything securely – we recommend that you obtain a certificate of posting.

Teacher-assessors must be aged 18 or over.

Assessments are available for the following instruments:

Strings (violin, viola, cello, double bass and guitar)

Woodwind (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, recorder and saxophone)

Brass (trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, E flat horn, French horn, baritone, trombone, euphonium and E flat tuba)

Electronic keyboard

The RQF is a government-sponsored means of organising qualifications to show how they relate to each other.

Log in and select 'My profile' from the menu at the top of the page.

Select 'Amend contact details' from the left-hand menu and make the necessary changes.

Select 'Update' to save the changes.

Log in and use the 'Entry' menu to locate the correct entry.

Select the 'Submission number' link, which will take you to the 'View candidate details' page.

Select the 'Candidate’s name' link, which will take you to the 'Candidate details' page where you can make the correction.

Please note that you can only make changes before you download the Option tests. Once the tests have been downloaded, you'll need to contact the Music Medals office to make any amendments to the candidate’s details.

Please get in touch with the Music Medals office using the contact details on this page – we can help you fix this.

They can take place at a time to suit you and your candidates. The choice is yours, and you don't have to let us know the assessment date in advance.

You can make the entry at any time up to 16 weeks before the assessment date. We recommend that you allow yourself at least three days so that you can make the entry and download the Option tests in good time.

The brackets indicate that the line is Copper level and must be played, but it can't be assessed for the purposes of a Medal.

The line should be played by the teacher-assessor, although it may also be played by a suitably advanced student.

Yes, you can arrange lines except the one taken by the candidate – please see Regulation 12g for more information.

Candidates can play either with an accompaniment (live or CD backing track) or unaccompanied.

This is at your discretion. However, those repeats that are essential to the musical structure must be observed.

Yes, the only restriction is that the teacher-assessor can't play a line in a duet at Silver, Gold or Platinum level.

No, doubling of lines isn't permitted.

Getting written consent is the responsibility of the person or organisation making entries. ABRSM has no involvement in the process.

No, you should keep the forms. You'll be asked during the online entry process to confirm that you have parental permission for each participating child.

A minimum of two Passes is required for a Medal to be awarded. One of these Passes must be in the Ensemble section.

See attainment descriptions.

We aim to issue results two weeks after the date we receive them.

Successful candidates receive a certificate, commentary and medal. Candidates who are working towards their Music Medal receive a commentary.

The information from the report form(s) is checked and transferred to our system. The moderation protocol is then used to decide whether any of the results are to be reviewed by a moderator. Once this is completed, certificates and commentaries are printed and sent with the medals.

Yes – log in and choose 'Moderated results' from the menu at the top of the page.

Check that your assessments complied with the regulations:

  • At least two sections must be passed for a Medal to be awarded
  • The Ensemble section must be passed for a Medal to be awarded
  • All three sections must achieve Excellent for an overall Excellent to be awarded (Bronze to Platinum levels only)

If you want to appeal the moderator’s decision please email [email protected] with your concerns within 28 days after receiving the result. Appeals can take 4 weeks to resolve and there is no fee for Music Medal appeals.

Yes – it'll cost £6 and you'll need to send details of the level and the name of the teacher who carried out the assessment.

Yes – it'll cost £6 and you'll need to send back the incorrect certificate together with details of the correct spelling.

To make the process of reporting as straightforward as possible, you cross boxes in each grid to indicate particularly significant aspects of the candidate’s performance that have influenced your assessment within each section.

Yes – you can arrange lines except the one taken by the candidate to suit the instruments you have available.

Yes – you can arrange lines except the one taken by the candidate to suit the instruments you have available.

The accompanying parts aren't assessed. The ability of a candidate to respond to other players in the ensemble is one of the criteria that can be marked for a Music Medal.

We constantly review what we offer teachers, which includes considering what instruments Music Medals are available for. We have no current plans to introduce additional Music Medals instruments, but this may change in the future.

We don't endorse the use of any third-party file transfer methods. It's also not covered by the parental consent form.

Yes, full guidelines are available here.

If a candidate needs extra time, you must obtain an authenticating document or assessment from an educational psychologist, SEN teacher, GP or specialist. This document must outline the particular needs of the candidate and the likely impact on their Music Medals assessment.

Valid documentation must be kept in your files, as ABRSM reserves the right to request this at any time. Please note that all access details must be indicated for every online entry made.

Yes, full guidelines are available here.

If a candidate needs enlarged or modified Option tests or a Braille Option test, it's assumed that you, the teacher-assessor, will produce these tests from your usual source after downloading the Option tests in the normal way. Please note that all access details must be indicated for every online entry made.

The teacher-assessor can play a line in the Ensemble section – the only restriction is that you can't play a line in a duet at Silver, Gold or Platinum level.

We understand that there may be occasions where it's not possible to have another student play in a duet at Silver, Gold or Platinum level (e.g. there's no suitably advanced student, or they're ill on the day). In these cases, we'll accept assessments where the teacher-assessor plays in a duet at Silver, Gold or Platinum level, but you must inform us either by email before sending us the assessment or by including a covering note with their returned assessment materials.

The confidential Option tests can be downloaded and printed only by the teacher-assessor, and their security and confidentiality must be maintained at all times.

Tests may be handled only by the teacher-assessor and mustn't be seen by the candidate before the assessment. The confidentiality of assessments and video content must be maintained at all times.

The assessments and videos can be prepared for return to ABRSM only by the teacher-assessor, and must be kept securely and out of sight of any third party, including candidates.

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