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Practical Update 

We appreciate how much the cancellation of our exams has affected learners and we are working hard on solutions to ensure learners can gain their qualifications at the earliest opportunity.

However, on the basis of official and local advice due to COVID-19, we have made the decision to cancel all Practical exams in Macau until further notice. This decision affects all 2020 bookings for Graded Music Exams, ARSM, Diploma, Choral Singing and Ensemble exams, but does not currently affect any bookings for Music Theory exams. Following this decision, we will process 100% refunds for all existing Practical exam bookings and our Representatives will provide further guidance in due course.

We are sorry for the impact on teachers and candidates and thank you for your loyalty and support while these restrictions remain in place. We are continuing to review when live Practical exams can resume in Macau and will offer them again at the earliest possible opportunity.

Our new remotely-assessed Performance Grades provide an alternative progression route for students during this period of disruption. The Performance Grades are equivalent to our Practical Grades in demand, recognition and value. They are based on the same repertoire and syllabuses, assessment criteria and quality assurance measures as our existing exams and will be assessed by the same highly trained examiners. Booking will open in Macau before the end of the year and you can record your video submission any time from now on. Find out more here.

Be part of a 700-strong community of musicians

We have currently suspended recruitment to all examiner teams, but will restart as soon as we are able to.

If you are looking for a freelance role that supports developing musicians, complements a portfolio career, and lets you travel, then, music examining could be just the thing for you.

For the first time, we are looking to recruit and train a team of examiners based in South East Asia. We will be running a training course in Singapore in February 2020.

Hear what it’s like to be a Grade examiner from our Chief Examiner John Holmes:

What we look for
  • Musician with a strong educational background
  • Willingness to travel across South East Asia (our biggest international tours take place in Hong Kong, Malaysia, China and Singapore, often in groups with others)
  • Experience and qualities to cope and react positively in a range of situations
  • Experience of working with children
  • Competent but not necessarily performing pianist 
  • Time commitment of at least three weeks, twice a year
What you'll enjoy
  • Comprehensive training and ongoing professional development if you're successful (unique for a freelance role in music education)
  • Competitive pay, with the potential to work as much as you want
  • Dedicated help desk for any queries or support
  • International SOS support when working overseas for any medical or security issues

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