What are graded exams and why should I bother?
Graded exams are basically structured to evaluate a students musicianship at every level. Not only do students learn repertoire (pieces of music), they are required to master technical skills.
Most exams consist of at least 3 pieces, some scales, technical exercises, aural tests, sight reading and improvisation.
This not only evaluates the student but also gives a structured means of learning within a time frame.
Examination sessions are held at least twice a year.
For more info visit the Wikipedia entry
International exam board based in the UK. Offers comprehensive graded exams for Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboards and Vocals and more. Grade 1 to diplomas. Internationally recognized. Focuses on rock, pop, blues and jazz.
Trinity Rock and Pop
A recent additional to Trinity College of London's extensive syllabi. Focuses on rock and pop. Graded exams only.
GRaded exams from one the UK's oldest exam boards. Internationally recognized. Classical and plectrum guitar offered.