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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.

Our Viola Music Medals assessments provide motivational goals and tangible rewards for progress supported by a unique range of affordable and award-winning music for beginners.

The assessment is made by the teacher-assessor and is moderated by ABRSM.

Who can take a Music Medal?

Music Medals assessments are available to candidates through private teachers, UK schools and music services.

The Music Medals assessment

There are five progressive levels: Copper, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

There are three components in a Music Medals assessment:

The candidate plays an individual line in an ensemble piece for two, three or four players. Each line must be performed by a single player. Only the Medal candidate is assessed, and not the other ensemble members.

What is the aim of this component?

Making music together is a distinctive and essential part of Music Medals. Leading the ensemble, counting in, giving appropriate cues, listening, balancing and blending are all vital skills that the Ensemble component of the Medal helps to develop.

The candidate plays one piece from the solo repertoire list for their instrument.

What is the aim of this component?

Performing as a soloist helps a Music Medals candidate to develop musical independence and individuality, allowing young musicians to focus on their own sound as well as their personal expression.

The candidate selects one Option test from a choice of four. Candidates can play to their own individual strengths.

What is the aim of this component?

While it is expected that candidates will play to their strengths in the Medal, it is hoped that teachers will encourage pupils to develop their ability in the full range of activities covered by these tests, within a general framework of creativity, game-playing and experimentation.

The four Options have been designed so that pupils can choose a test which best displays their developing skills. Those who are particularly fluent with notation may wish to choose the Sight-reading option, while others will prefer to use their creativity in the Make a tune test by improvising a short melody using a given rhythm. Call & response also nurtures improvisation skills, with the candidate reacting to a melodic stimulus given by the Teacher-Assessor. Question & answer combines the elements of sight-reading and creativity.

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