Composition Examinations

We offer three levels of diploma in composition, which are assessed based on the use of instruments, imagery, score layout and how the music reflects the theme on which it is based.

Composition is offered as an examination by itself, or as part of a performance or dissertation diploma at one of the four levels. There is also an option to do a diploma in performance, dissertation and composition. For more details on this, please see our combined examinations page.

Below is a list of the requirements for each level of composition examination

NMSM composition examinations

 
Diploma ANMSM
Outline Proposal Up to 300 words + proposed title
Composition duration 10 mins +/- 1 min
Viva Yes
Requirements 5 pieces (max) or suite (5 movements) or 1 work
Summary notes Hand written or typed
Presentation Hand written or typed plus recording
 
Diploma LNMSM
Outline Proposal Up to 300 words + proposed title
Composition duration 15 mins +/- 2 mins
Viva Yes
Requirements 5 pieces (max) or suite (5 movements) or 1 work
Summary notes Hand written or typed
Presentation Hand written or typed plus recording
 
Diploma FNMSM
Outline Proposal Up to 300 words + proposed title
Composition duration 25 mins +/- 4 mins
Viva Yes
Requirements 5 pieces (max) or suite (5 movements) or 1 work
Summary notes Hand written or typed
Presentation Hand written or typed plus recording