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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2005110820051112

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.

2005110820051112

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.

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.

2007020620070210

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?

2007020620070210

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?

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?

20170110

Why are more and more older people taking up instruments and putting themselves through music exams? Presenter and terrible musician James Peak follows the stories of several candidates as they try for their ABRSM piano exam.

James is aiming for Grade 1 piano and discovers that everyone has their own reasons for trying to make the grade. Along the way he meets Carroll who has Parkinson's Disease and Nicola who suffers from stage fright.

Written and presented by James Peak

Produced by Lucinda Mason Brown

A Goldhawk Essential production for BBC Radio 4.

2017011020170114 (R4)

Why do older people take up instruments and put themselves through music exams?

Why are more and more older people taking up instruments and putting themselves through music exams? Presenter and terrible musician James Peak follows the stories of several candidates as they try for their ABRSM piano exam.

James is aiming for Grade 1 piano and discovers that everyone has their own reasons for trying to make the grade. Along the way he meets Carroll who has Parkinson's Disease and Nicola who suffers from stage fright.

Written and presented by James Peak

Produced by Lucinda Mason Brown

A Goldhawk Essential production for BBC Radio 4.