Exams your child will take
Wider Opportunities pupils learn an instrument for one year as part of a whole class instrumental lesson. During the year pupils are taught how to play and read an octave, they can improvise short melodic and rhythmic phrases and have been introduced to different types of music and genres.

If they choose to continue learning in Year 6 they will be working towards an intermediate performance examination (JME) exam.

Peripatetic (peri) pupils are those continuing from the whole class lessons or those starting in school or at the Music Centre in small groups or individual lessons.They will be working towards their first examination which is the Junior Performance Examination (JME) exam. They will then progress through the Senior Music Exam (SME) and Associated Board Royal School of Music (ABRSM) Practical exams and will need to take the Grade 5 ABRSM Theory exam when they are working towards taking a grade 6 practical exam.

Examinations are held each term at the Music Centre.

Junior Music Examination (JME) practical exam

This is a gentle introduction where the examiner gives encouraging feedback. This exam is carried out by the teacher during the pupils’ lessons in school.

Senior Music Examination (SME) practical exam

This short exam builds on the Junior Music Exam, and is equivalent to Grade 2. Pupils are examined at the music centre.

Syllabus for internal exams

JME SME BRASS Syllabus Amended Apr 19

JME SME STRING Syllabus Amended Apr 19


Associated Board Royal School of Music (ABRSM) practical exam
CMS pupils are entered up to Grade 8. To enter a Grade 6 practical level you will need to have passed Grade 5 Theory. The AB grades are recognised as international benchmarks & are valued by teachers & institutions all over the world. Grades 6 upwards also carry UCAS tariff points.

For full information visit ABRSM.

Associated Board Royal School of Music (ABRSM) theory exam
There is a fast track theory class that pupils are invited to attend when they reach the appropriate level (usually as they reach practical exam grade 5). The class follows the syllabus requirements for grade 5 theory.

Pupils enter the exam after 1 year of study.

For full information visit ABRSM.