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.

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Protecting your child’s instrument at home   

As the new term gets underway, some students are slowly resuming face-to-face lessons and playing, while others are continuing to take part in online lessons or virtual ensembles and even prepare for remotely-assessed exams like our new Performance Grades. 

However your child is making music, one thing is certain – we’re all still spending more time at home, and between practising, recording and taking part in lessons, it’s all too easy to have an accident that can damage an instrument. Our partner Allianz Musical Insurance has some tips for keeping instruments safe at homeas well as advice on what to do if an accident does happen…   

As the UK’s No.1 musical instrument insurer, we’ve seen a rise in accidental damage incidents in 2020.  A door might be opened onto a guitar, a keyboard knocked off its stand or coffee spilled on to laptop. We’ve recently helped customers who’ve had these experiences and more – perhaps they sound familiar!   

Being at home, where there are more people around and where instruments are more likely to be left out, means that more accidents can happen. But there are some simple things you can do to minimise the risk of accidental damage.  

  • Make sure instruments get put away –it can be so easy to leave them out after a practice session. 
  • Consider putting signs on doors so people in your house know when an instrument is out.   
  • Try not to leave instruments in cramped spaces to avoid them being knocked over or damaged by other objects. 
  • Keep food and drink away from all instruments and equipment.  
  • Use surge protectors if you have a lot of electrical devices, such as amps  
  • Avoid trying to fix something yourself as this could cause more damage. We know how tempting it can be to do this, but it’s always worth getting a professional to take a look. 

Of course, despite our best intentions, accidents do happen. When they do, there’s nothing worse than being stuck with an expensive bill for repairs or replacements. Having musical instrument insurance is a great way to make sure you’re covered whatever happens. We’ve supported parents throughout 2020 with everything from damaged violin factures (a family member opened a door directly onto a practising student) to broken laptops (we also insure laptops, computers, tablets, phones and more) – and helped young musicians to keep playing and learning.   

Allianz Musical Insurance are committed to supporting UK musicians during this time. That’s why we’re giving all new customers 2 months free musical instrument insurance when you buy a yearly policy online!* Find out more about how we could be supporting you and your child, and keeping the show on the road – or at least live from the living room!   

Terms and conditions apply.

* 2 months free only applicable when you buy a policy online. For the first year you will only make 10 payments. Subject to our minimum premium. 

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