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Introducing Abrsm Music Medals

06 Sep 2015

ABRSM MUSIC MEDALS The ACADEMY will have learning goals such as Music medals to work towards, throughout the year, to encourage learners to practice their instrument and enjoy performing. Music Medals are teacher-led assessments for younger learners. They build on what is already taught in group lessons, and enable students to gain recognition for their hard work.

There are five progressive levels. Copper and Bronze are stepping stones to Grade 1. Silver, Gold and Platinum reward further progress.

The assessment

There are three components in a Music Medal assessment. Each candidate should play one Ensemble piece, one Solo piece and select one Option test from a choice of four, covering a range of musicianship skills.


Ensemble playing provides invaluable experience of the skills of leading, counting-in, interaction, balancing, listening, and blending with others.

The Music Medals candidate plays an individual line in one ensemble piece for two, three or four players. Each line must be performed by a single player. Only the Medal candidate is assessed, and not the other ensemble members.


Performing as a soloist develops musical independence and individuality, allowing candidates to focus on their own sound as well as their personal expression.

The candidate plays one piece from the solo repertoire list for his or her instrument and Medal. This part of the assessment underlines the importance of developing musical independence and individuality.

Option 1: Call & response

Candidates who select this Option are required to provide a response on their instrument to each of two separate short phrases of unfamiliar music played by the Teacher-Assessor.

Option 2: Make a tune

Here, the candidate is required to make up a tune on his or her instrument using a given rhythm at a set speed.

Option 3: Question & answer

Here, the candidate is required to play two separate one-bar rhythms in 4/4 on their instrument, in time and as an echo.

Option 4: Sight-reading

Candidates who select the Sight-reading Option are required to play four bars of unfamiliar music, following half a minute of preparation.

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