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Strings

Ƶ’s strings certificate exams offer an alternative to graded exams.

  • Create your own mini-recital
  • Gain marks for programme planning, programme notes and stagecraft
  • Receive precise and specific feedback to inform your continued musical development
  • Prepare for Ƶ’s Performance diplomas, which follow the same format as certificate exams
  • There is no technical work and there are no supporting tests

Our music certificate exams are open to all candidates, with no age restrictions or other limitations. There is no requirement to have passed lower levels, theory exams or other qualifications.

Choose from three levels of assessment representing key stages of musical development.

Certificate level

Equivalent grade level

Foundation

Grade 3

Intermediate

Grade 5

Advanced

Grade 8

Certificate exams are available for the following strings subjects:

  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Double bass
  • Scottish traditional fiddle

Violin
You may offer own-choice pieces on viola if you wish.

Viola
You may offer own-choice pieces on violin if you wish.

Repertoire

Certificate repertoire lists are available for some subjects. For instruments without a repertoire list, candidates may select their pieces from the graded lists. For full details (including what you can play, and how long your recital should be), please see the syllabus.

Violin repertoire lists Viola repertoire lists Cello repertoire lists Double Bass repertoire lists

Further information

Full details (including our procedures, syllabus requirements, what to expect, and what to bring with you) can be found in our Information & Regulations.

Exam report forms are released typically within 1-2 weeks, enabling candidates to benefit from the detailed feedback whilst the exam experience is still recent. Certificates usually follow 4 weeks later. Occasionally, we may not be able to release the exam result straight away. Further details about this can be found on our music syllabus Infringements page. For any other questions, please see our music exam help pages.

Information & Regulations Music syllabus infringements Music exam help

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