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ICMA - music exams with a difference...

  • User-friendly
  • Flexible
  • Innovative
  • Exciting
ICMA hold examinations in Music Performance, Music Theory and Speech. With an exciting and 'open' exam syllabus that is designed to be flexible, modern and inspiring, the student can progress through a well organised and tested grade syllabus. Opportunities exist for students to work towards taking teaching and performing diplomas if they so wish.

Our Music Examinations are designed to inspire and motivate both amateur and professional musicians, using a mix of popular, traditional and serious styles of music.

Flexible exam dates held throughout the year at times agreed with the applicant, so that candidates may perform at their peak, and without disruption to children's education. We even examine on Sundays and in the evenings, if required.

Accessible... applicants may use their own studio, home, school, church, or local hall for examinations, enabling candidates to perform in familiar surroundings and on familiar instruments.

Professional and Friendly.. whilst maintaining high standards, examinations are held in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, where candidates interact with trained, qualified, experienced and sympathetic examiners.
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A Flexible Syllabus with more choice...

What are Options?

Options are Choices! Students not comfortable with Aural or Sight Reading etc have the choice to do alternative tests.

Is Sight Reading Compulsory?

Sight reading which is referred to as 'Quick Study' is not compulsory, alternatives are available.

What is a Study Piece?

A Study Piece is a an alternative option to playing Scales & Arpeggios. It is in most cases a piece of music relating to certain performance techniques.

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  • Have your own choice of music approved for your exam.
  • Choose supplementary tests that emphasise your strengths.
  • Exam dates requested at your convenience, throughout the year.
  • Use your school, hall, teaching studio or home for the exam session.


  • Professionally trained examiners - thoughtful and friendly.
  • Efficient marking of exam sessions.. don't wait weeks for results!
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