Latest exam updates

Performance Grade exams

We are pleased to confirm that we will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Please check our Dates and Fees page for details.

Grade 5 Music Theory waiver (not applicable in the UK & Ireland)

We are extending our Grade 5 Music Theory waiver until 23 May 2021. This means that candidates with a Grade 6 to 8 Performance Grade exam submission date up to and including 23 May can take their exam without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. We are making this exceptional arrangement to allow candidates who have been unable to take an exam in recent months to progress with their learning. From 24 May, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return. For exam dates/exam submission dates after 23 May, all candidates taking a Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical Grade must first pass Grade 5 Music Theory.

Welcome to Piano Scales Trainer

Our redesigned, revamped Piano Scales Trainer is your all-in-one companion for practising Scales.  Piano Scales Trainer covers all scales requirements at Grades 1-5 from the new syllabus requirements (2021 onwards).

What does Piano Scales Trainer include?

An extensive set of resources to help you practise your scales and learn the requirements for your grade:

  • Notation for every scale, including suggested fingering.
  • Example performances of every scale, for you to compare your own playing against.
  • A built-in metronome to help you see how close you are to exam tempo. Start slow and gradually build up the speed!
  • A unique backing track for every scale.

Use the Test feature for a quick selection of scales from your grade. Perfect for warming up or for preparing for your exam.

You’ll also get access to a simple Practice Meter, so you can see which scales you need to focus on and track your progress as you practise.

How can I use Piano Scales Trainer?

Use the Practice area to help you learn and focus on individual scales. Here you can look at the notation, listen to examples, practise with the metronome or have fun playing along with a backing track.In need of a quick warm-up, or fancy practising exam-style? The Test area selects a series of scales from the requirements for you to perform. Use the record function, reflect critically and rate your performance.

The more you use Piano Scales Trainer, the smarter it gets. Head on over to the Practice Meter to see at a glance which scales you’re doing well at, and which ones need more practice.

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