At the start of each term, teachers submit applications on behalf of their pupils to take Associated Board Music exams in the latter part of the term. Music Teachers are required to notify parents before submitting these applications to the Director of Music. There are usually several entries for Theory exams and up to two days worth of entries for Practical examinations.
Music Teaching Staff are advised early on of the proposed week for the music exams and it is intended that all St George’s pupils will take their exams at the school. Where there is a particular reason why a pupil should sit the exam at another centre [re-scheduled exam or the option of a more suitable date], the Director of Music is happy that this be done. The Headmaster and the Director of Music need to be informed by the Music Teacher as soon as possible after this decision has been made.
Some pupils do take exams with other boards - Trinity and Guildhall. These are held at nearby centres.
Preparation for Music Exams
Music Notebooks should reflect the preparation process for the exam. The Music Department organises accompanists for all non-pianists and rehearsals begin well in advance of the exam date (lunch times and after school).
Teachers are invited to bring their pupils to the exam room for short slots during their lesson times to try the piano and to walk through the exam process. This has proved very effective in making the exam experience a very positive one.