Latest exam updates

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) – we will not be offering these exams in March. The next exams at Grades 6 to 8 will be in June 2021.
  • 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.

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The making and meaning of popular music – a podcast

Describing itself as ‘a podcast breaking down the music of pop hits’, Switched on Pop is presented by two classical music geeks who are as comfortable talking about Liszt as they are Little Mix.

Co-hosted by Nate Sloan, Assistant Professor in Musicology at USC (University of Southern California), and Charlie Harding, a songwriter and producer, Switched on Pop uncovers ‘a-ha’ moments in music and links to the classical genre by posing fun questions like: ‘Does the falsetto in One Direction’s What Makes You Beautiful essentially make them our modern day Castrati?’. Listen on Classic FM, Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

https://switchedonpop.com/

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