At Hampstead Music School, we believe it is important to give pupils and teachers a specific goal to work towards at every stage of learning, and a sense of accomplishment in achieving that goal. We support students to develop good solid abilities whilst enjoying themselves to a life long passion for music. All our teachers regularly enters their students to music exams and have consistently achieved 100% pass rate.
ABRSM Prep Test is designed to provide a first assessment for beginners and to encourage the building of good musical and technical foundations before the musicians enter for grade exams. Prep Test includes all the necessary skills beginners will need at this stage, such as a sense of pitch and rhythm, controlled and even playing, accuracy and quality of tone, and the basics of musical perception.
Grade Levels 1-8 are offered for those musicians who wish to study music in a systematic and balanced way. We facilitate students with firm technical foundation through scales and arpeggios, notation skills through sight-reading, listening skills and musical perception through aural training. As students progress further with grades, it is vital that more dedication and time is given for practising and learning.
The United Kingdom Universities’ and Colleges’ Admissions Service (UCAS) includes grade music exams (Grades 6-8) within the UCAS tariff system, which is open to any student applying for a course of study at a UK university or other higher education institution.
ABRSM and Trinity boards
ABRSM, the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, is one of the oldest bodies and is linked with the royal music schools in the UK. ABRSM certificates and diplomas are well-recognised internationally. Trinity College London also offers certificates and diploma exams. Unlike ABSRM, Trinity also offers Rock & Pop exams, for those who play more contemporary music. Trinity and ABRSM have similar syllabuses and each board provides a list of publications where you can obtain the pieces. For both grade exams, students are required to prepare three pieces and a number of scales & arpeggios.
Two further parts needs to be prepared for ABRSM- Sight-Reading and an Aural Test. For Trinity, students must also demonstrate technical work, and may choose two supporting tests: Sight-Reading, Aural, Musical Knowledge and Improvisation. For those students who wishes to proceed with ABRSM Grade 6 or higher must pass Grade 5 in Music Theory. Trinity board has no restriction.
Diplomas are ideal for students who wish to study in greater depth after grade 8. It’s also ideal for those who are considering a conservatoire level studies and thinking about a career in music as a performer or teacher.
Most independent schools in London offer music scholarships to those students successfully admitted. Schools expect students to have achieved higher music grades and also require students to demonstrate high ability and enthusiasm. Our teachers guide talented students to successfully audition for these scholarships and bursaries.
We provide professional piano accompanists for students wishing to take grade exams. For those only seeking exam piano accompaniments, we offer rehearsals and accompaniment packages. Please refer to our Pricing page for more details.