Latest exam updates

Music Theory exams – March 2021

  • Online Music Theory exams (Grades 1 to 5) – we are cancelling the online exams planned for 16 March. Exams in May and June will go ahead as planned.
  • Paper Music Theory exams (Grades 6 to 8) – the next exams will take place in June. Please note, dates and booking periods for Grades 1-5 and Grades 6-8 may be different from now on. For full details, see our dates and fees page.
  • Grade 5 Music Theory requirement - from 1 January to 30 April 2021 only, candidates can take Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical exams without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. From 1 May 2021, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return with flexibility about timing. If you receive an email asking for your proof of prerequisite, please ignore this. We will still release any results in line with the arrangements outlined here.

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Check out NYJO’s virtual academy

Suitable for all aspiring jazz musicians, this exclusive video series delivers comprehensive tutorials, tips and tricks based on a jazz classic.

This week's video is by NYJO's Assistant Music Director, Winston Rollins, breaking down the role of the trombone within the context of a jazz orchestra. For this tutorial, Winston uses the NYJO Minus One recording of Lady Be Good, which you can find in the Virtual Academy to practice too!

Their Listen & Learn section now includes brand-new backing tracks and charts specifically designed to accompany the Jazz Tunes You Should Know playlists (curated by NYJO’s lovely team of MD’s).

New tracks include:

  • Footprints
  • On Green Dolphin Street
  • How Insensitive
  • (NYJO London)

and

  • In a Mellow Tone (Vocal Class)

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