Exam Syllabi

Exam syllabi are an important part of your learning journey, providing guidance for teachers and students on music that is the right level for you.

Syllabi also set scales, sight-reading and ear tests that develop your technique and general musicianship. By following these graded syllabi, you and your teacher can be confident that you are making progress, developing real skill in your chosen instrument and voice. 

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Music grade exam syllabi are offered for solo performance on keyboard, string, wind, brass and percussion instruments and voice. Pieces include great examples for classical music, some jazz and popular styles, and also music by Irish composers. 

Our Drama and Communications syllabi cover everything from poetry and acting to communication skills and bi-lingual performance. 

Group examinations are offered through the Cara Awards, chamber music, recorder group, class singing and orchestral syllabi. 

Recital Medal Certificate programmes are available to encourage you to develop the art of performance, by being assessed on your playing of a programme of pieces, without the scales and ear tests. 

Our Diploma programmes provide a broad range of qualifications in teaching and performance. They are intended to appeal equally to those at the outset of their career as well as experienced practicing professionals in the field.