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Latest exam updates

Change to online Music Theory exam date – 12 December 2020

We are delaying our first online Music Theory exams for Grades 1 to 5 in Singapore. These exams will now take place on 12 December 2020 (not 7 November as published previously). The new booking period for these exams will be: 26 October to 9 November.  We are delaying these exams to ensure we offer the best exam experience for candidates. The later exam date will also give candidates more time to prepare and familiarise themselves with the new exam questions. Find out more about online Music Theory.

Practical Session 3 update

We are working hard on solutions to ensure learners can gain their qualifications at the earliest opportunity. However, on the basis of official and local advice we will be cancelling Session 3 Practical exams scheduled for  26 August – 30 September. Our Representatives will provide further guidance in due course. We are very sorry for the impact on teachers and candidates and we will continue to monitor the situation. Thank you for your loyalty and support while these restrictions remain in place.

We will be gradually rolling out remotely-assessed Performance Grades internationally starting before the end of 2020 and will share exam dates and booking periods soon.

Singapore office closure and update on Practical session 1 results

On government advice, we will continue to work from home during Phase 2 and possibly into Phase 3. We will therefore be unable to answer telephone calls during this time. If you need to contact us please email [email protected]

Unfortunately, hard copy results for Practical Session 1 exams, specifically 16-19 March, will be delayed due to the office closure. We are sorry for the delay and will send these out as soon as we have access to the office.

We support music education globally

We reinvest in music education through a number of different initiatives. We provide individual scholarships, we support national organisations and community projects both in the UK and internationally. We also contribute to the body of research that provides insight into music teaching and learning, the barriers to musical progress and changes that are happening over time.

We believe that working together with others brings the best value for everyone involved in learning, teaching and performing music. We collaborate with our partners to develop skills, resources and leadership in the sector, to open up access and opportunity to progress, to drive diversity and inclusion, and to be champions for music learning in all its forms.

How we do it

As Classic FM's partner in music education, we jointly aim to raise the profile of music teaching and support teachers. Initiatives have included Shine (our 2017 free event celebrating music teaching and learning) and Classical 100 (a free online resource for UK primary schools).

With support from Arts Council England, we set up the Music Commission, a fundamental review of how to best support progression in music. We've also worked with Music Mark and the Greater London Authority to develop Learn Music London, a free online guide to help parents find music-learning opportunities for their children.

We help to ensure that musicians are equipped with the confidence and skills to convey their artistic ideas and direct ensembles, so that they're ready to inspire and nurture the next generation of musicians. We've worked with Southbank Sinfonia on their audience-engagement programme, and we continue to support the Royal Philharmonic Society's Women Conductors programme.

We're extremely proud of our work with the National Youth ensembles. We sponsor the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and the National Open Youth Orchestra, as well as the National Children's Orchestras, the National Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain. These organisations deliver carefully designed education programmes that bring excellent musical opportunities to a wide range of young people via their work with schools and music hubs. Our International Sponsorship Fund directly supports similar initiatives globally.

Music provides opportunities to collaborate and communicate, experiment and enjoy, at all stages and in all styles. To highlight this, we seek to work more with organisations that reach beyond classical repertoire and have a focus on inclusivity and diversity. We’re excited to be a founding sponsor of The National Open Youth Orchestra, that collaborates with cutting-edge composers to create exciting new music for a diverse range of musicians and instruments and to sponsor Tinderbox whose mission is to combine high-quality experimental work with a drive to be inclusive, and create original, exciting works. 

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