Music Accreditation

Nottingham Music Service has various strategies to support the learning of students and help them gain accreditation.

As part of our ongoing support, we provide opportunities to gain accreditation through ABRSM Music Medals, Grade 1-3 (strings), Grade 1-3 Jazz (wind and brass).

Music Medals

Music Medals are accredited assessments and teaching resources from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). Young musicians participating in Area Bands are given the opportunity to work toward a Music Medal, earning a recognised music qualification at just 9-10 years old.

There are five progressive levels – Copper, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

Students have to complete three tasks for this award.


Students will learn a piece throughout the year and take part in a public performance (such as Christmas in the City, or Light Night) which is filmed and sent to ABRSM for assessment. Nottingham Music Service has negotiated with ABRSM to accredit several of our Area Band pieces to form the ensemble part of the assessment.

The candidate plays one piece from the solo repertoire list for his or her instrument and medal. Students learn this with, and are then assessed by, their instrumental teacher in school time.


The candidate selects one option test from a choice of four:

◦ Call & response

◦ Make a tune

◦ Question & answer

◦ Sight-reading

Each test helps to build musicianship skills yet candidates can play to their own individual strengths. Again this is assessed by their teacher and then sent to ABRSM for verification. (The solo and option assessments are usually held between March and June).

A student reading music
Photo credit: Swainson Productions

For more information on Music Medals, visit the ABRSM website here.

ABRSM Grade Examinations

In addition to Music Medals, we also offer support to our continuing students to take Grade 1, 2 and 3 examinations for the above exam boards. Students at the appropriate level who are taught in city schools by our core teaching team are eligible to take these exams in the July of each academic year. NMS supports this by helping with the cost of exams and by providing workshops in the lead up to the exams.

For more information on music accreditation and exams, please contact our staff at

Nottingham Music Hub