Junior RIAM Assessments in 2021

It is important for RIAM young musicians to set goals and celebrate their achievements. Assessments are an important part of that journey. 

2021 is an extraordinary year, with the impact of COVID-19 causing us to adapt and rethink the delivery of lessons and means of assessment for Junior RIAM students, under challenging circumstances.

The guiding principle for this year was to offer students and teachers a degree of choice and flexibility regarding assessment options. All students were requested to complete a form indicating their choice of assessment, or reason for exemption, in February.

Information on the process and next steps for each pathway is detailed below:

Musicianship Written Papers

Due to the ongoing Level 5 restrictions and the limits on numbers of people gathering, the Musicianship written papers will be moved to an online format this year. The exams will take place on Saturday the 8th May and students will need access to a tablet or PC with good internet access and the ability to take and upload images. The device will need to be connected to Wi-Fi for the duration of the exam. Further information about the process, along with practice materials, will be sent directly to students and guarantors via email.

Students taking RIAM Exams (Local Centre) 

Students who have elected to sit a RIAM Exam are required to submit a scanned copy, screenshot or picture of their mark sheet from the Christmas or Spring exam sessions. This should be emailed to at your earliest convenience.

Students taking Internal Assessments

Students who have opted for internal assessment will be required to submit their pieces and scales by video recording, which should be uploaded to YouTube as an unlisted link and shared with the Junior RIAM Office by completing the form emailed to all guarantors before 5pm on the 24th April 2021.

  • Pieces and scales should be selected in conjunction with teachers using the internal syllabus detailed further down on this webpage.
  • Where possible, all three pieces and scales should be recorded in one take. If this is not possible, it is requested that separate videos are combined into one video for upload to YouTube.
  • Videos should not be edited or digitally enhanced.
  • Pieces may be submitted with accompaniment, backing track or unaccompanied at the candidates choice. No preference will be shown by examiners for any of these options, given the circumstances. 
  • Students should introduce themselves and each piece that they are playing clearly.
  • Sight-reading will be assessed during lessons and this, along with a teacher’s mark, will be factored into the final result.
  • Please see this document for guidance on how to record your video submission, and the process for uploading a video to YouTube is explained here.
  • Please ensure that the video is set as ‘unlisted’ on YouTube and remains available to view until the results have been determined.
  • Please ensure that all links are active and working before submitting them on the form.


These will be awarded as follows:

Young Artists Programme awardees will receive an automatic scholarship.

Other scholarships will be allocated in the usual way with marks from RIAM Exams or Internal Assessments reviewed and combined with a teacher’s mark. The highest qualifying students will be awarded a scholarship and in the case of a tie, the award will be shared. Any student who is exempt from assessment will not be eligible for a scholarship this year.

Advanced students who are not required to submit a video recording for assessment and have chosen to have a performance assessed for scholarship purposes must notify the Junior Office by email at least two weeks in advance and upload a YouTube link to a recording of the performance before 5pm on the 24th April 2021 using the form which was emailed to those students for whom this is applicable.

Videos should be shared via an unlisted YouTube link and guidance on uploading a video can be found here. The video should capture the performance 'as live' and should not be digitally enhanced or edited in any way. Please ensure that links are working and the video remains available to view until the end of the academic year.

Students who are exempt from assessment this year do not need to take any further action.

If you have any further questions regarding assessments or the process for this year, please consult your teacher or contact the Junior RIAM Office by emailing

Annual assessment curricula for internal assessments for all instruments and voice are available to download below.