ABOUTABRSM AND LAMDA EXAMINATIONS
At Creative Performance Academy we believe that preparing for and taking part in examinations are an important part of musicianship.
Exams give student's something to aim and prepare for in a way that is structured and appropriate for their level of experience.
Exams help student's to build confidence when playing or singing in front of people and provides them with a real sense of achievement.
There are two examination boards that we currently use at CPA:
ASSOCIATED BOARD OF THE ROYAL SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND THE LONDON ACADEMY OF MUSIC AND DRAMATIC ART.
Both of these Awarding bodies are prestigious and well-known and provide credits and UCAS points for students who pass.
ASSOCIATED BOARD OF THE ROYAL SCHOOL OF MUSIC (ABRSM)
PIANO - SINGING - THEORY
Associated Board of The Royal School of Music (ABRSM) is the the world’s leading provider of music exams and it's exams have a worldwide currency.
To become an all-round musician students need a range of interlocking skills –
in performance, technique, notation, and listening and musical perception –
as well as knowledge, understanding and creativity and ABRSM exams enable the student to be successful in every area of musicianship.
ELEMENTS OF AN ABRSM PRACTICAL EXAM - WHAT TO EXPECT
Pieces or songs
For this section of the exam, you play three pieces or sing three songs chosen from the relevant syllabus lists. (Hayley will recommend the most suitable pieces).
We want you to experience different styles of music, so our syllabuses are designed to include a wide range of repertoire to choose from.
You should find music that inspires you, and that you enjoy learning and performing.
Scales and arpeggios
If you play an instrument, you'll need to play scales, arpeggios and other relevant patterns in the selection of keys, ranges and variants specified in the relevant syllabus.
Scales and arpeggios provide strong foundations for good technical skills and musical understanding.
Through learning and playing them, you'll become more familiar with your instrument and develop many key aspects of technique including articulation, tone and intonation.
Playing scales and arpeggios also helps you to understand a number of vital musical ingredients, especially keys and tonality.
This develops your confidence and security when sight-reading, learning new pieces and performing –
from notation or from memory, as a solo musician or with others.
This section of the exam requires you to play or sing at sight a short piece that you haven't seen before.
In Singing exams, this is accompanied by the examiner.
Sight-reading is a valuable skill with many benefits. It helps you to perform new music with confidence, and to learn music more quickly.
Good musical reading skills are also very valuable when it comes to making music with others.
In the aural tests, examiners assess your listening skills and musical perception. The tests cover awareness of pitch, pulse, rhythm, melody, harmony and other musical features.
Developing good musical listening skills is a vital part of any music education, and the ability to hear how music works helps with all aspects of your music making and progress.
Aural tests are the same for all instruments and singing.
Practical exam fees
Prep Test £37
Grade 1 £41
Grade 2 £47
Grade 3 £54
Grade 4 £60
Grade 5 £65
Grade 6 £75
Grade 7 £80
Grade 8 £95
Music Theory fees
Grade 1 £28.00
Grade 2 £30.00
Grade 3 £33.00
Grade 4 £35.00
Grade 5 £38.00
Grade 6 £42.00
Grade 7 £45.00
Grade 8 £48.00
Useful Links for Students taking an ABRSM exam:
THE LONDON ACADEMY OF MUSIC AND DRAMATIC ART
MUSICAL THEATRE - ACTING - SHAKESPEARE
LAMDA is an awarding organisation, delivering world-renowned qualifications in communication and performance
and inspiring the next generation of confident communicators through examinations in drama, literature and poetry.
LAMDA strives for excellence in the development and assessment of their examinations so that they are respected as the leading awarding organisation in this discipline.
Musical Theatre Fees
Entry - 36.00
Grade 1- 41.00
Grade 2 - 43.00
Grade 3 - 47.00
Grade 4 - 55.00
Grade 5 - 60.00
Grade 6 – Bronze Medal - 71.00
Grade 7 – Silver Medal - 77.00
Grade 8 – Gold Medal - 88.00
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