Latest exam updates

Exam refunds

To support customers affected by ongoing COVID restrictions, for Practical and Performance Grade exams from 1 January to 31 May 2021 any absent candidate will automatically receive a refund. This includes Performance Grades where the candidate has been unable to record and upload their video. You do not need to contact us to request a refund. However, it will help us if you can log in to your account and cancel the exam.

For Online Music Theory exams and any paper based exams taking place outside of the UK/Ireland we anticipate COVID restrictions will not prevent candidates from sitting their exam so absentee candidates will not automatically receive a refund and our normal Withdrawal, Non-attendance and Fee Refunds Policy still applies.

Performance Grade booking

We will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Please check here for dates and fees.

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.

For more information click here.

Great Singing and Great Signing

As part its Great Singing, Great Signing project, and together with deaf musician Paul Whittaker OBE, Yorkshire Youth and Music have produced a series of signed songs, available to learn online completely FREE of charge.

Great Singing, Great Signing also aims to start and run two new singing and signing ensembles in areas of Yorkshire where there is currently no singing and signing activity. The project involves a series of singing and signing sessions with children accompanied by Paul , his interpreter and one or two trainee musicians / practitioners. Training for these practitioners consists of first-hand shadowing and delivery at ensemble sessions, masterclass visits, workshops by Paul to share good practice and a series of signed song resource videos.

Yorkshire Youth & Music is a community music education charity working across the whole of Yorkshire. They hold Youth Music funding and make projects that provide musical opportunities for children and young people in challenging circumstances.

To find out more, please visit https://www.yym.org.uk/

Youtube playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eUWAlnjD_Q&list=PLwA-Fzqzs5QGRa4Ht5jFsULSSn-6F9sdp&utm_source=YYM+E+bulletin+subscribers&utm_campaign=61aebe5b15-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_01_07_12_38_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_05cddde0a8-61aebe5b15-74983177

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