Latest exam updates

Music Theory Exam update – session 2

On the basis of government advice, we are cancelling the Music Theory exams due to take place later in 2020. We are sorry for any inconvenience and thank you for your ongoing loyalty and support.

Guitar exams

Guitar exams consist of three pieces, scales and arpeggios, sight-reading and aural tests.

Total marks in all individual Practical exams are 150. You need 100 marks to achieve Pass, 120 marks to pass with Merit and 130 marks to pass with Distinction.

There are eight grades of assessment. Select a grade using the links below to view the syllabus and supporting materials for that grade.

Repertoire highlights

Q&A with Gary Ryan

Read our interview with Gary Ryan, one of the world’s leading exponents of the guitar and a consultant for our new Guitar syllabus.

Publications and audio

Supporting apps

Aural Trainer

Aural Trainer features interactive challenges to develop aural skills and make aural practice more engaging.

Speedshifter

A practice tool that allows you to vary the speed of audio without altering the pitch.

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