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.

The Boy and the Bunnet

The Boy and the Bunnet is a brilliant way to introduce children (and adults) to the Scots language and Scots traditional instruments.

In the story, each of the characters is represented by a different musical instrument. It also introduces different styles of Scots traditional music, for example, a jig, a march and a reel. The Boy and the Bunnet is performed in a live show, with a narrator guiding the audience through the story. A book and CD have been published, and educational material is available for teachers to introduce the story in schools.

The story has been written by James Robertson and the music composed by James Ross. It’s hoped that The Boy and the Bunnet will become a familiar story to children for many years to come, be it enjoyed in the theatre, the classroom or at home.

Find out more: http://www.theboyandthebunnet.com/activities.html

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