Making The Grade

A look at the examination system of The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

If you play a musical instrument, sooner or later someone is likely to ask you what grade you're on.

Is this way of assessing a pupil's musical development the most productive - and how important are these exams to the musical life of this country?

Pupils, teachers, parents and examiners describe their experiences of the system.

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A look at the examination system of The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

If you play a musical instrument, sooner or later someone is likely to ask you what grade you're on.

Is this way of assessing a pupil's musical development the most productive - and how important are these exams to the musical life of this country?

Pupils, teachers, parents and examiners describe their experiences of the system.

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Examiners, teachers, pupils and parents relive the tension that surrounds taking the Associated Board Music examinations. Accompanists from hell, pushy parents and crusty examiners all play their part. But how important and relevant are these exams to music students and is this the fairest way to test their talent?