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Brent Music Service can enter its students for both practical (performance) and theory (written) examinations through the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) examining board.

Practical/performance examinations

We hold our own practical examinations once a year where a special visit from an associated board examiner is arranged. 

These exams usually take place during the first week of the summer holidays. The students will be fully prepared through their lessons (and essential home practice) including covering set pieces, scales, sight-reading and aural work.

All practical examinations (except piano and guitar) require a piano accompanist for each candidate. We can provide this service for the day for a small fee.

It is also worth considering the additional cost of the music materials required for the examination. The BMS tutor will advise the exact music to purchase from music retailers.

Theory examinations

Comprehensive theory examination tuition is available at all our evening centres to help students obtain their best potential in understanding the written and technical details of music.

The music theory tuition is targeted at the specific examinations being taken by the students and aids in their full preparation for the written test.

General examination information

Students will be notified at least two weeks prior to the exam stating the date, time and location of the practical or theory exam.

On completion, forms need to be returned to the Brent Music Service office together with the appropriate payment. (NB: we are currently unable to process payments by debit/credit cards).

Students can be entered for practical exams in other examining periods if required and the BMS tutor can arrange for an individual examination entry. However, piano accompanists will not be provided in this case.

Further information can be found at the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.