Violin, narrow depth of field

Strings, Orchestra & Chamber Music Syllabus

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Requirements and Structure

Grade exams for string instruments consist of:

  • performance of 3 pieces
  • scales & arpeggios
  • sight-reading
  • aural tests
  • theory questions.

From Grade VI–Senior Certificate, the aural and theoretical sections are combined. For Senior Certificate only, there is a brief viva voce section.

Our Grade Exams cater for all levels from Elementary to Senior Certificate. 


All graded exams are marked out of 100. The pass mark is 60–69, pass with Merit 70–79, pass with Honours 80–89, and pass with Distinction 90+


Syllabi for individual instruments include violin, viola, cello, double bass, irish harp, concert harp and guitar. 


You can download the relevant syllabi above. If you are working from the 2015-2018 syllabus, you can still use this until the spring session of 2020.