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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.

Welcome to Piano Scales Trainer

Our redesigned, revamped Piano Scales Trainer is your all-in-one companion for practising Scales.  Piano Scales Trainer covers all scales requirements at Grades 1-5 from the new syllabus requirements (2021 onwards).

What does Piano Scales Trainer include?

An extensive set of resources to help you practise your scales and learn the requirements for your grade:

  • Notation for every scale, including suggested fingering.
  • Example performances of every scale, for you to compare your own playing against.
  • A built-in metronome to help you see how close you are to exam tempo. Start slow and gradually build up the speed!
  • A unique backing track for every scale.

Use the Test feature for a quick selection of scales from your grade. Perfect for warming up or for preparing for your exam.

You’ll also get access to a simple Practice Meter, so you can see which scales you need to focus on and track your progress as you practise.

How can I use Piano Scales Trainer?

Use the Practice area to help you learn and focus on individual scales. Here you can look at the notation, listen to examples, practise with the metronome or have fun playing along with a backing track.In need of a quick warm-up, or fancy practising exam-style? The Test area selects a series of scales from the requirements for you to perform. Use the record function, reflect critically and rate your performance.

The more you use Piano Scales Trainer, the smarter it gets. Head on over to the Practice Meter to see at a glance which scales you’re doing well at, and which ones need more practice.

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