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Practical Update 

We appreciate how much the cancellation of our exams has affected learners and we are working hard on solutions to ensure learners can gain their qualifications at the earliest opportunity.

However, on the basis of official and local advice due to COVID-19, we have made the decision to cancel all Practical exams in Hong Kong until further notice. This decision affects all 2020 bookings for Graded Music Exams, ARSM, Diploma, Choral Singing and Ensemble exams, but does not currently affect any bookings for Music Theory exams. Following this decision, we will process 100% refunds for all existing Practical exam bookings and our Representatives will provide further guidance in due course.

We are sorry for the impact on teachers and candidates and thank you for your loyalty and support while these restrictions remain in place. We are continuing to review when live Practical exams can resume in Hong Kong and will offer them again at the earliest possible opportunity.

Our new remotely-assessed Performance Grades provide an alternative progression route for students during this period of disruption. The Performance Grades are equivalent to our Practical Grades in demand, recognition and value. They are based on the same repertoire and syllabuses, assessment criteria and quality assurance measures as our existing exams and will be assessed by the same highly trained examiners. Booking will open in Hong Kong before the end of the year and you can record your video submission any time from now on. Find out more here.

Advice for after the exam

7 months ago
Charlotte Tomlinson

Charlotte Tomlinson

Charlotte Tomlinson is an internationally renowned Performance Coach with an expertise in moving musicians through issues with performance anxiety & physical tension.

Advice for after the exam

You’ve just come out of the exam room. Your exam is over, you’ve finished, you’ve done it! So how do you feel? Did the exam go well? Do you feel happy that you have played as well as you could or disappointed, upset, feeling you messed up and that you let yourself down?

A music exam or indeed any performance, is a snap shot in time, it’s a peak moment. Straight after this peak moment of intense focus along with adrenalin, you’ll be in a heightened state with a wide range of emotions. You might feel happy, sad, upset, exhilarated or more, and you may find your feelings are much more extreme than in your normal everyday life. This is absolutely fine and in fact, this is normal! This is what every performer experiences in some way or another, whether they are a musician playing in an orchestra, an actor in a play or a footballer playing an important game. If you are aware of this, it can really help you look after yourself straight after the exam.

Realise too that you may not be able to absorb any constructive feedback straight after the exam to take it in effectively. Most people just want to know that it went well and that they did ok. After a few days, or when you get the result with the report form, this would be the time to get together with your teacher, talk about what went well, what didn’t, what you can improve on for another time and how you go about that. Be careful not to focus too much on the negatives, but instead learn from them and use them as a launch pad for improving in the future.

One of the best ways of managing the time just after the exam and supporting yourself is to do something normal, ordinary and totally unrelated. This can help you regain perspective and refocus. You are more likely to see the value of the exam in a wider context, as an opportunity to learn and move forwards.

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