Taking Exams


City Music Service encourages pupils to enter for practical music examinations when this is appropriate.  It helps pupils to focus on their playing, preparing music to a high standard.  It raises their aspirations and it rewards them for their hard work.

Exams take place at:

The Bridge Centre
Birches Head Road
Birches Head

City Music Service hosts special visits for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and Trinity College London music exams.

Music Medals

Music Medals are teacher-led assessments for younger learners. They build on what has already been taught in group lessons and enable students to gain recognition for their hard work.  There are five progressive levels. Copper and Bronze are stepping stones to Grade 1. Silver, Gold and Platinum reward further progress.

There are three components in a Music Medal assessment. Each candidate should play one ensemble piece, one solo piece and select one Option test from a choice of four, covering a range of musicianship skills.

Music Medals are awarded by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

For more information, please speak to your child’s teacher or contact us.

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Trinity College London

Performance is at the heart of Trinity’s graded music assessments and they believe that musicianship is most effectively demonstrated through practical performance.

Trinity College exams can be taken in Piano, Singing, Brass, Electronic Keyboard, Organ, Classical and Acoustic Guitar, Drum Kit & Percussion, Strings, Woodwind and Jazz Woodwind and Theory of Music.

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The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) provide exams and assessments for musicians at all levels and in different musical styles. They are designed to inspire and challenge and to recognise and celebrate progress. Working towards an ABRSM exam encourages learners to develop their musical skills, knowledge and understanding and get the most from their music making.

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Rockschool music qualifications are tailor-made for the contemporary musician. Ranging from introductory grades to advanced levels of study, RSL Awards’ graded music exams ensure hard work is rewarded regardless of age or previous musical experience.

Whether you are taking your first steps on your instrument, moving into further/higher education, or perfecting your advanced instrument technique; a Rockschool qualification will not only improve your playing ability, but expand your technical proficiency and give you a solid grasp of music theory – all whilst learning some of the most iconic tracks from the world of popular music

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