The Conservatory is now preparing students for optional end of the year exams. These exams are held by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), the most popular music examination organization in the world. These exams and assessments are designed to motivate students of all ages and levels, giving them a series of realistic goals and tangible rewards for their achievements. As you will read below these exams are demanding and require commitment from the student. To help their confidence and prepare them for success on the day of the exam we are now offering the ABRSM Prep Class. This class will start by preparing students for the aural part of the exam and end with mock exams. It will meet for only 10 weeks on Saturday mornings between school vacations from October-April. This class is highly recommended to all students taking the exam.
Why take an ABRSM exam?
Enjoyment through achievement’ is a phrase that sums up our philosophy, and earning an ABRSM certificate is a rewarding experience.
If you are working hard to make progress with your music you need some way of recognising your success and reassurance that you are on the right road. This is exactly what music exams offer:
- motivation and inspiration, working from a carefully structured syllabus towards a definite goal
- a measure of personal progress and attainment against internationally recognised benchmarks
- an objective guide to improve your musical skills
- assessment by a respected and independent musician who has been highly trained and is constantly monitored
- performance opportunities and a real sense of achievement
ABRSM has been giving structure and support and setting standards for over a hundred years. During that time much has been tried, tested and consolidated. We use that wealth of experience for the benefit and guidance of the many hundreds of thousands who regularly take the grades, knowing that they are part of the most respected and valued system of music exams in the world.
Bear in mind…
Music exams do not suit everyone and exam syllabuses are not intended to provide a complete curriculum or choice of repertoire to the exclusion of all other music. All performers should explore a wide range of music to stimulate their interest and refresh their outlook!
What are the components of a graded exam?
ABRSM graded music exams usually consist of:
Pieces or songs (marked out of 30):
Scales and arpeggios (marked out of 21):
Aural tests (marked out of 18):
Sight-reading (marked out of 21):
Total marks in all individual Practical exams are 150.
- 100 marks are required to achieve a pass
- 120 marks are required to pass with merit
- 130 marks are required to pass with distinction
Exams at Grades 1-8 are provided for most of the instruments we offer.
Who are the examiners?
ABRSM’s team of over 600 examiners consists of respected musicians from every branch of the profession. It includes orchestral players, soloists, chamber music players, heads of school music departments and professors from the Royal Schools of Music, many of whose names are well-known in the musical world.
The information about these exams is directly from abrsm.org. To know even more about the ABRSM exams, please visit their website. To sign up for the ABRSM Prep Class simply chose this option on your sign up form.