Music Exams, Certifications and Qualifications

If you are thinking of taking some music grades then we can help guide you in the right direction & hopefully, advise you on the Exam Music board that is right for you & your requirements.

Taunton Music is the Local Centre for the London College of Music exams with Sharon Roulstone being the local representative. Teachers & students from different areas often request to sit their grade with us in Taunton due to our purpose built facilities.

London College of Music Exams

LCM exams are offered in all instruments we teach including Pop Vocal & Musical Theatre which are proving to be very popular! Miles Williams has written several drum pieces which have been published in some of the LCM Drum Grade handbooks. It’s great that he has his own students performing his own compositions from the books! The London College offers exams in all styles of guitar too, including a Rock Guitar syllabus with the Registry of Guitar Tutors. The RGT is part of the LCM family but specializes solely in Guitar exams.

All instrumental & voice Students can take the initial Step Grades as the 1st step on the ladder followed by the full grades 1 – 8. Students can, if they wish, eventually lead on to a LCM Diploma in their chosen subject. The LCM also offer a “Leisure Play” option. This exam is purely based on the “Performance only”. Students will need to prepare pieces to play & sing & no other tests such as scales will be required. These types of exams are extremely popular with our students who, for whatever reason, do not wish to prepare for the full grade but just wish to be tested on their “performance”. Lot’s of our mature students have enjoyed this type of exam although it is an option for any of our students who just like performing & wish to be accessed by an independent examiner.

LCM exam sessions are held 3 times a year at Taunton Music & the LCM website lists the closing dates & fees which tend to change on a yearly basis. Every exam board tends to hold 3 sittings a year for their exams & they generally have a local centre in most major towns. Teachers or pupils enter by sending their entry form & fees to the local rep for that particular music board or enter online by visiting the chosen boards website.

We Provide Help and Support Choosing The Right Exam For You

Your Taunton Music tutor will be more than happy to chat with you about LCM exams & the benefits of doing grades. It’s a personal choice whether to take exams or not & we have many students who whatever reason decide that grades are simply just not for them. Many students take theory grades as a way of improving their musical knowledge & Grade 5 theory is a general requirement with most boards as a “must have” before being able to sit the higher grades.

Exam Boards for Specific Instruments

Although the LCM offers everything that we require as a busy music School there are also many other Music Exam Boards that the team uses. All of the Music Boards offer a high level of attainment but different boards tend to suit different students. Each board has their own requirements & syllabus’s which all tend to differ slightly. The LCM, Rock School, Trinity/Guildhall & the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music are all boards that your Taunton Music tutor can guide you through & advise you on which one is more suitable for your needs. Please visit each Music Boards websites for more in-depth information on your chosen instrument.