Exam Strategy & Artsmark

As part of our ongoing support, Nottingham Music Service provides opportunities for children and young people to gain accreditation through the ABRSM Music Medals and grade exams.

Music Medals

Music Medals are accredited assessments and teaching resources from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). Year 4 students learning an instrument in schools where Nottingham Music Service runs or supports the whole class ensemble tuition programme are all given the opportunity to work towards a Music Medal, earning a recognised music qualification at a young age, which can have a positive impact on children's confidence and motivation to continue with music.

Music Medals are also available for our Area Band participants to take.

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

Students have to complete three tasks for this award:

1. Ensemble
Students will learn a piece throughout the year and perform the piece as a massed orchestra, which will be filmed at one of our events and sent to ABRSM for assessment (if required). Nottingham Music Service has negotiated with ABRSM to accept one of our Area Band pieces which have been accredited by ABRSM and form the ensemble part of the assessment.

2. Solo
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.

3. Musical Task
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 between March and June).

ABRSM and Trinity College London Grade Examinations

In addition to Music Medals, we also offer support to our continuing students to take Grade 1 - Grade 3 examinations for the above exam boards.

Students who are taught in city schools by our core teaching team are eligible to take these exams in the July of each academic year. The music service supports this by helping with the cost of exams and by providing workshops in the lead up to the exams.

For further information please contact the music team at info@nottinghammusichub.org.uk


Artsmark Offer

Artsmark is the creative quality standard for schools, accredited by Arts Council England. It provides a clear framework for teachers to plan, develop and evaluate arts, culture and creativity across the curriculum.

Nottingham Music Education Hub is an Artsmark partner organisation, and can support schools in applications for silver, gold or platinum status. Most schools in the city are already engaging with music hub activities, so chances are you already have some excellent evidence for meeting Artsmark criteria.

For example:

Nottingham Music Education Hub initiatives such as the Great Orchestra Experiment, Christmas in the City, Noise from the Next Generation and Sing City provide opportunities for young people (YP) to prepare for live performances, showcase their work and experience exciting, inspiring and engaging live music from a range of cultures

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Christmas in the City, Summer Sing and other singing events provide CPD for teachers and shared good practice resources across schools.

Whole Class Ensemble Tuition, In Harmony programmes, Area Bands, the innovative Music Camp and the Robin Hood Youth Orchestra family of ensembles give YP the chance to develop their skills over a longer period of time. The many schools engaging with these integrated progression routes will be able to utilise data collected for the DfE, showing that Nottingham city schools lead the way in terms of equality and diversity in music education.

Get in touch with us for help and advice about using music hub initiatives as part of your Artsmark application. For more information about Artsmark, click here or contact The Mighty Creatives for support with the application process.

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