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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Performance Grade booking

The next booking period for remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams opens in February. For details, see our dates and fees page.

Grade 3 Singing

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Stage
Pieces

This is the unaccompanied traditional song element of a Grade 3 Singing exam

  1. Use the marking criteria on-screen while you watch and assess this section
  2. Mark the performance by selecting the relevant button below

Marking criteria

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Distinction
Merit
Pass
Below Pass
  • Excellent control of pitch and intonation
  • Rhythmic character well conveyed
  • Sensitive use of vocal qualities
  • Expressive, idiomatic musical shaping
  • Fully committed communication, vivid story-telling
  • Good control of pitch and intonation
  • Rhythmic character conveyed
  • Good use of vocal qualities
  • Clear musical shaping
  • Good musical involvement and story-telling
  • Generally reliable control of pitch and intonation
  • Adequate sense of rhythmic character
  • Sufficient use of vocal qualities
  • Some musical shaping
  • Some musical involvement and story-telling
  • Unreliable control of pitch and/or intonation
  • Inadequate sense of rhythmic character
  • Insufficient use of vocal qualities
  • Lack of musical shaping
  • Insufficient musical involvement and/or story-telling

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