Huntingdonshire Music School Association


Thursday, January 29, 2004

Counting Music Exams Towards UCAS Admission

Introduction

Huntingdonshire Music Colege Students with Associated Board (ABRSM) passes at Grades 6, 7 and 8 will now benefit from official recognition for their qualifications from UCAS - the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.

 

This means that it will be possible to count the results from practical and theory examinations at higher grades towards the points total needed for admission to colleges and universities. The UCAS siite has information on application to universities and colleges of further education.

 

1 Grade A plus 2 Grade B A levels plus a Grade 8 Music Distinction is worth 395 UCAS points!

Music Examination Points Equivalence

Following government accreditation of graded music exams last year, we asked UCAS to consider including our higher grades in the tariff for university and college entrance - allocating points as already happens for AS and A levels and other qualifications.

 

UCAS has agreed, and students applying for university and college entrance for courses starting in the academic year 2004-2005 and beyond will benefit from the following points recommendations:

Recommended UCAS Points Equivalence for ABRSM Music Exams
PracticalTheory
Grade 8Distinction7530
Merit7025
Pass5520
    
Grade 7Distinction6020
Merit55 15
Pass4010
    
Grade 6Distinction4515
Merit4010
Pass255

Points awarded for AS levels are in the range 20 - 60 and for A levels in the range 40 - 120.

Associated Board (ABRSM) exams will attract points under the UCAS system.  As with all awards under this system, admission tutors may accept, or not, the recommended points for the courses for which students apply.

Recommended points are based on the highest grade taken; for example, a candidate with practical passes at Grades 6 and 7 and a distinction at Grade 6 theory would claim for the theory and for the Grade 7 practical - a total of 55 points.  This is in addition to points awarded for AS or A level Music.

Recognition

The inclusion of Associated Board qualifications in the UCAS Tariff provides further recognition of the considerable dedication and commitment required in order to be successful at these grades and confirms the educational worth of graded music exams.

See also

Music ExamsMusic Exams - Not For Everyone!


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Monday, January 19, 2004

Learn to Play Pretty Much Any Instrument

At present, individual tuition is offered on the following instruments -

  • Acoustic Guitar
  • Bassoon
  • Clarinet
  • Classical Guitar
  • Cornet
  • Drum Kit
  • Electric Guitar
  • Euphonium
  • Flugel Horn
  • Flute
  • Harpsichord
  • Horn
  • Keyboard
  • Eb Bass
  • Oboe
  • Organ
  • Piano
  • Piccolo
  • Recorder
  • Saxophones (all)
  • Singing
  • Tenor Horn
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Tuba
  • Violin

Tuition for any other instrument may be arranged. If you want to learn the steel drums or mongolian nose flute you have but to ask grin

See also

Play (Music ;-) )with OthersA Typical Saturday Morning


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Sunday, January 18, 2004

Music Tuition for All

Huntingdonshire Music School was founded in 1966 and has grown into one of the largest and most successful establishments of its type. It runs the only Saturday Morning Music School in the county and for miles beyond that is open to both children and adults. There are more than 460 students with ages ranging from 4 to 83, and at least 35 staff who give individual tuition and direct ensembles.  Lessons take place at Huntingdonshire College on weekday evenings and at the exciting Saturday Morning Music School. There is a flourishing and supportive Huntingdonshire Music School Association.

You may have heard the recent BBC Radio 4 programme, hosted by William Hague, about Late Learners (a very good listen).  Well we cater for late learners.  We can also cater for early learners.  Worried about making noises in public (or at least in front of other people)?  We also cater for terrified learners.  To be honest, whatever kind of learner you are we can cater for you. It is a wonderful thing when (as someone quite a bit over 21!) you sit down for the first time in the preparatory concert band and the very composed young person sitting next to you says “don’t worry if you make a mistake - we all do at times “

Huntingdonshire Music School provides the opportunity for children and adults to learn (or continue to learn) a musical instrument (including the voice) in a relaxed, friendly and social setting.

We cover most types of instrument from classical, jazz to rock and electronic.

See also

Learning MusicLearn to Play Pretty Much Any Instrument


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