Latest exam updates

Exam refunds

To support customers affected by ongoing COVID restrictions, for Practical and Performance Grade exams from 1st January to 31st May 2021 any absent candidate will automatically receive a refund. This includes Performance Grades where the candidate has been unable to record and upload their video. You do not need to contact us to request a refund. However, it will help us if you can log in to your account and cancel the exam. Find out more:

For Online Music Theory exams and any paper based exams taking place outside of the UK/Ireland we anticipate COVID restrictions will not prevent candidates from sitting their exam so absentee candidate will not automatically receive a refund and our normal Withdrawal, non-attendance and fee refunds policy still applies.

Performance Grade booking

We will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Exact dates will be announced soon. Please check here for more information.

Music Theory exams – March 2021

  • Online Music Theory exams (Grades 1 to 5) – we are cancelling the online exams planned for 16 March. Exams in May and June will go ahead as planned.
  • Paper Music Theory exams (Grades 6 to 8) – the next exams will take place in June. Please note, dates and booking periods for Grades 1-5 and Grades 6-8 may be different from now on. For full details, see our dates and fees page.
  • Grade 5 Music Theory requirement - from 1 January to 30 April 2021 only, candidates can take Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical exams without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. From 1 May 2021, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return with flexibility about timing. If you receive an email asking for your proof of prerequisite, please ignore this. We will still release any results in line with the arrangements outlined here.

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ABRSM are delighted to be supporting NYJO’s Virtual Academy as part of our ongoing partnership. To date, this has seen us working together on a wide range of projects exploring jazz, improvisation, creative composition and communication. We’re really excited to see the distinctive musical space that NYJO musicians naturally occupy brought to life through the Virtual Academy.

We are at a unique moment in time when our communities have been separated, and it is crucial that we don’t allow our young musicians to feel disconnected.

As always, our mission is to inspire, educate and bring people together; for now, we need to look at doing this in new ways. For those young musicians who we would usually be seeing at our NYJO Academies around the country, we will continue to provide meaningful and stimulating jazz education, despite the necessary social distancing that we must all adhere to. Whilst we are not looking to re-invent the wheel, we do intend to create engaging and accessible opportunities for the NYJO family nationwide. We want young musicians to progress together as part of a jazz community, regardless of experience or skill level. Talk to us; talk to each other; and let's grow as a group as best we can. NYJO has never believed in a one size- fits-all approach, so we will always try to react in order to provide a wider offering to suit different needs. To make sure that we, as educators, are also learning from this experience, we will rely on regular communication between learners and educators – allowing suggestions, feedback and discussion to help everyone remain connected with each other throughout the entire process. We want each user to feel free to try what they want, when they want, wherever they are. We also encourage everyone to tag us in any social posts highlighting your progress, as we'd love to showcase your collective journeys. We look forward to seeing what you come up with for #NYJOVA.

  • Video Tutorial Series – Sit down with NYJO’s Associate Educators as they break down a brand new track for you to learn and appreciate. Each entry includes backing tracks and charts to support your learning further.
  • Audio NYJO Minus-one Bundles – The NYJO ‘Minus One’ project has been specifically designed to keep band-based music at the forefront of our offering. Download the stem files, upload into the DAW of your choice, now get practising!
  • Additional Resources – Playlists, charts and more! Here you’ll find a large list of resources to practise and play along to. The material will vary in style and difficult. Includes support playlists on Youtube and Spotify too!

Register for the NYJO Virtual Academy

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