Pass, Merit or Distinction? How examiners mark your ABRSM music exam.

STOP PRESS: View our students’ results from the Summer 2014 ABRSM Session


Many students want to know how to get a Distinction in their music exams. There is a very useful guide written by ABRSM called These Music Exams which details the marking scheme that examiners use.

Summer 2014 - Here's Safiya (age 8) with her Grade 5 Distinction Jazz Piano Certificate. Click here to see more of our students' exam results.
Summer 2014 – Here’s Safiya (age 8) with her Grade 5 Distinction Jazz Piano Certificate. Click here to see more of our students’ exam results.

Here is a blank ABRSM mock exam form for use by teachers in accordance with the ABRSM exam marking criteria. There will be a session focussing on some of the Alternative List pieces in November – the session is for piano teachers. More details here: One Day Workshop for Piano Teachers in London

Many students do not realise that they can practice the aural tests at home but there is a really fantastic web site that you can use to help you prepare. See this link – there are lots of free tests plus it’s very reasonably priced to subscribe:

http://e-musicmaestro.com/auraltests/

Congratulations Anne-Marie: Grade 8 Piano Distinction
Congratulations Anne-Marie: Grade 8 Piano Distinction
Grade 1 Distinction, 144/150
Grade 1 Distinction, 144/150
Click to view our recent ABRSM exam results and certificates
Click to view our recent ABRSM exam results and certificates

I thought it may also be useful to see some of the comments sheets from examiners to compare and contrast this with the Marking Criteria. See below for the PDF with the breakdown of marks and the comments from actual exams ranging from Passes to Distinction.

Click here for the ABRSM Examiner's Comments
Click here for the ABRSM Examiner’s Comments

See some of our students’ recent exam successes:

Now available for our students: ABRSM Scale Practice Charts

Grade 3 ABRSM Piano Scale Practice chart

 


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Spring Exam Results: Trinity College of Music

Trinity Music ExamsWe entered our first group of students for Trinity College London Music exams this March after having used the same exam board for nearly 25 years. The choice of repertoire was well-received by our students and the contemporary repertoire is particularly appealing. Our students enjoyed the different format for aural tests and musical knowledge section that allow them to demonstrate their understanding of their pieces through questions asked by the examiner. All of our students left the exam full of beans and feeling very confident that they had played well so it was a hugely positive experience. The examiner was very friendly and his feedback was very clear and concise, plus each student received lovely encouraging comments too. 

Trinity results:
Distinction: Oliver (G3); Sophia, Elliot, Edward, Susannah, Sam, Freddie (Initial)
Merit: Rowan (G6)

Trinity Grade 3 Piano Distinction, April 2017

Trinity Initial Piano Distinction, April 2017

Trinity Piano Grade 6 Merit, April 2017

Trinity Initial Piano Distinction, April 2017

Trinity Initial Piano Distinction, April 2017

 


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