This page shows the latest information on how lessons and exams have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. It also outlines what is being done to carry on with our music and make progress despite the restictions that are currently affecting us all. I will keep this page as up to date as possible so please check back for the latest information. For now, the most important thing for everyone is to Stay Safe!
I remain committed to online practical lessons, and are delivering these using the Zoom platform. Please see my Online Lessons page for full details. As you will be aware, music, and especially teaching, is my livelihood so if you have the technology, and are able to support my new venture with online lessons during these uncertain times, then I would really appreciate it. Please do get in touch if you would like to take advantage of this option.
Theory lessons via email are taking place and will continue. As tragic and unpleasant as the present circumstances are, there is a real opportunity for pupils to 'catch up' or even 'get ahead' with their theory. Email works great for theory, but has it's limitations, and sometimes a quick verbal explanation can save a lot of time and worry. For that reason, and within appropriate safeguarding procedures, I am happy to support my theory students using other platforms and media.
Traditional Graded Exams
ABRSM has plans to re-start face-to-face practical exams in the Autumn term of this year, subject to restrictions being lifted sufficiently by then. The usual Autumn period has been extended to allow additional time to accommodate those students whose exams have already been affected by the lockdown.
ABRSM has introduced new, performance-focused exams that are to be remotely assessed. These require four, rather than the usual three pieces to be presented, but there are no requirements for scales, sight-reading, and aural tests. There is now a remote assessment process in place for these exams. ABRSM has stated that these new exams are " equivalent in demand and value " to their existing graded music exams, but have a different emphasis, the focus being on performance. These new exams are expected to also be available in the normal exam period at the end of the year. ABRSM has clearly stated that the new performance-related exams are a permanent option, and will be available alongside the traditional graded exams.
Exceptional arrangements have been made to allow students to take performance-focused exams at Grades 6 to 8 during August this year. This is because these qualifications attract UCAS points. ABRSM has at last announced some details, the key dates mentioned are:
* Booking period: 21-31 July
* Exam sessions : 17-28 August
Remote assessment requires the video recording of the four pieces as one continuous performance. Guidance on how to prepare, record, and submit entries is now available.
Last update 12-Jul-2020