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Book your music exam

Find out about music exams including how to book, where they're held and how much they cost. 

​Where are music exams held?

If you're sitting a:

  • Singing and musical instrument exam: all exams are held at Rochdale Music Service Centre.
  • Music theory exam: exams are held at several locations in the area. We'll arrange the most convenient one for you when you book an exam.

Please note: from 1 January 2020, you'll have to bring a valid photo ID with you to sit a Grade 5 or above exam.

When are music exams held?

Exams are held 3 times a year, in the spring, summer and autumn terms. We'll publish the dates of exams once they've been agreed.

The next exam is: Spring 2020. Exact date to be confirmed.

How can I book a music exam?

To book your music exam:

  1. Your tutor will advise you when they feel you're ready to take your next exam.
  2. They will give you a form for you or your parent, if you're under 18, to complete.
  3. Return the form by email, post or in person to the Rochdale Music Service office along with the exam fee.
  4. Once we've made the arrangements we'll inform you of the time and date of your exam by post and by email.

How can I pay my exam fee?

Pay by credit or debit card: you can visit the Rochdale Music Service office, or call our contact telephone number during opening hours.

Pay by cash or cheque: you can pay in person by cash or cheque at the Rochdale Music Service office, or send a cheque in the post. Cheques should be made payable to RBC.

What are the music exam prices?

Prices for music exams are set by The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM).

Who is the examination board?

Our exams are provided by The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), the UK’s largest music education body, one of its largest music publishers and the world’s leading provider of music exams. It offers assessments to more than 630,000 candidates in 93 countries every year.

There's also the option to take exams from other exam boards through our partnerships with other providers. However, other prices will apply. Your teacher will be able make these arrangements for you if this applies to you.

Do I need an accompanist?

Pianists won't need an accompanist.

We can provide an accompanist for all students who have music lessons with us.

  • If you're taking exam grades 1 and 2, we can provide an accompanist at no extra cost.
  • If you're taking exam grades 3 upwards, we charge an additional fee of £10 for an accompanist.

You can also make a private arrangement and engage your own accompanist instead. In this case you're responsible for ensuring your accompanist knows the time and date of the exam and that you've had adequate practice time together.


01706 926750

Phone: you can ring us during the office hours listed below.

Rochdale Music Service
7-11 The Butts
Rochdale OL16 1XT

Office hours​ - term time only:

Monday: 8.30am-8pm
Tuesday: 8.30am-7pm
Wednesday: 8.30am-7pm
Thursday: 8.30am-7.30pm
Friday: 8.30am-6pm
Saturday: 8.30am-noon

We're closed during school holidays. View school term and holiday dates