Exams

Making musicians through dedicated training and practice

Seasonally, 3 times a year, Rainbow Music’s studios at Barleylands Craft Village operate as a private ABRSM practical exam centre and we also host ABRSM’s public theory of music exams. This offers you the advantage of being taught and examined in the same familiar environment.

Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music:

ABRSM graded music exams are designed to motivate instrumental and singing students of all ages and a wide range of abilities. They are available at eight levels providing

  • progressive goals to aim for,
  • recognition for achievement,
  • carefully structured syllabus requirements,
  • one-to-one assessment by an expert professional,
  • and an objective guide to a candidate‚Äôs skills and progress.

Students will need a range of interlocking skills to become an all round musician so every graded exam includes the

  • performance of pieces or songs,
  • scales and arpeggios (or unaccompanied traditional song for singers),
  • a sight-reading test assessing notation skills,
  • and aural test assessing listening skills and musical perception.

ABRSM’s holistic approach helps students to understand, perform and enjoy music. It provides strong foundations for musical growth and a set of skills which students can use for the rest of their lives.

Click here to watch example ABRSM Classical Guitar performances…

Rockschool graded exams:

Rainbow Music’s specialist tutors also train students for Rockschool’s graded exams.

Rockschool is the leading accredited provider of rock exams worldwide, renowned for their practicality, flexibility and creativity. With the student in mind, their curriculum is inspired by the legends of rock.

“Rockschool has transformed music learning and teaching into a fun filled experience. Painstaking attention to detail has been taken in producing a very high quality product that details every musical nuance and articulation in a clearly laid out series of graded books, covering a range of contemporary genres.” Mike Daniels (Guitarist)

Rockschool’s graded music exams assess progressive mastery on a musical instrument from Entry Level (Debut) up to Grade 8. Through reinforcing knowledge across all sections of the exam, they help candidates consolidate their learning and develop their skills in a more stimulating and enjoyable way.