I like to enter pupils for graded music exams as this gives them a target to work towards, encourages practice and gives a feeling of achievement.
The examination board that I usually use is the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). I usually start entering pupils at Grade 1 (there are eight grades in total).
All grade exams have a similar structure, tailored to the standard that is being examined. Public exams are held three times a year – roughly November, March and June. The ABRSM introduced a new exam booking system at the beginning of 2020. This allows entrants to request specific dates, although not the time of day.
The exam board charges a fee for all exams. Violinists and cellists also need accompanying on the piano at the exam, which I do and for which I currently charge £16.
For child pupils I will let the parents know when I think your child is ready to start preparing for an exam – there is usually new music to be purchased. When the pupil is ready to be entered I will let you know, at which point I will be requesting the fees.
For adult pupils, when I think you are ready to start preparing for an exam then we will discuss it together, before buying music, working towards and then taking the exam.
if you have any questions about your exam please contact me.