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Be part of a 700-strong community of musicians

Are you looking for a freelance role that supports developing musicians, complements a portfolio career, and lets you travel? If yes, music examining could be just the thing for you.

For the first time, we are looking to recruit and train a team of examiners based in South East Asia. We will be running a training course in Singapore in February 2020 and are now open for applications.

Hear what it’s like to be a Grade examiner from our Chief Examiner John Holmes:

What we look for
  • Musician with a strong educational background
  • Willingness to travel across South East Asia (our biggest international tours take place in Hong Kong, Malaysia, China and Singapore, often in groups with others)
  • Experience and qualities to cope and react positively in a range of situations
  • Experience of working with children
  • Competent but not necessarily performing pianist 
  • Time commitment of at least three weeks, twice a year
What you'll enjoy
  • Comprehensive training and ongoing professional development if you're successful (unique for a freelance role in music education)
  • Competitive pay, with the potential to work as much as you want
  • Dedicated help desk for any queries or support
  • International SOS support when working overseas for any medical or security issues

Grade examining

The recruitment process

Give us some initial information below to access the Grade examiner application form. Once we receive your application form, we'll contact your two referees and your application will then be passed for review. If successful, you'll be invited to complete an online interview.

Once you've successfully completed your interview, your attendance at the Initial Training and Assessment Course (ITAC) in Singapore will be confirmed, as will three days of individual training in the March exam session in Singapore.

ITAC is a four-day course that begins with a combination of assessment and training, and concludes with trainees delivering mock exams. ITACs are fully residential.

If you're successful following the ITAC, you'll then be allocated to three individual training days in the following Singapore exam session alongside a different trainer examiner for each training day. You'll both examine candidates but the trainer will initially administer the majority of exams. As the days progress, you'll lead more of the assessments until the final day, where you'll administer a full day of exams.

How we use your information

ABRSM will use the personal information that you provide in accordance with applicable data protection laws and our privacy policy (see We will process your personal information to carry out our obligations under any agreement between you and us, and where otherwise reasonably necessary for our purposes. Please note that if your application is unsuccessful, we will retain your information for six months following notice of this decision. ABRSM is registered as a data controller with the UK Information Commissioner’s Office under registration number Z6618494. ABRSM Publishing is registered as a data controller with the UK Information Commissioner’s Office under registration number Z6329415.



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