Performance Assessments

All NMSM performance assessments focus on the performance 'on the day' and can be on any instrument or voice. Combinations of instrument and/or voice for the assessment are also encouraged.

They are practical assessments, which do not attract any written paperwork. However, there is a post-assessment viva voce.

This focuses on the selection of music and the way it was performed. Therefore, questions are focused on the mechanics of the pieces performed, rather than any specific technical or historical perspective.

From the outset, the candidate is the driving force in the process. Candidates nominate a day, date, time and venue for their assessment.

In respect of the works performed, candidates are expected to propose their own programme and each level should correspond with established standards.

Candidates are issued with a performance assessment grid, as will be used by our assessors. This enables candidates to prepare for their assessment, knowing what assessors will be looking for.

Below is a grid to help you find which assessment level is right for you:

Performance Assessment Levels

 
Assessment Level Certificates
Duration 10 mins
Playing Time +/- 2 mins
Works 3-5 Contrasted pieces
Viva Yes, 5 mins
Perform from memory Candidate's choice
Improvising This option is not offered
Public recital No
Address audience No
Programme notes No
Written element & aural tests None
 
Assessment Level INMSM (Grades5/6)
Duration 20 mins
Playing Time +/- 2 mins
Works 3-7 Contrasted pieces
Viva Yes, 10 mins
Perform from memory Candidate's choice
Improvising This option is not offered
Public recital Candidate's choice
Address audience Candidate's choice
Programme notes Candidate's choice
Written element & aural tests None
 
Assessment Level ANMSM
Duration 30 mins
Playing Time +/- 3 mins
Works 3-8 Contrasted pieces
Viva Yes, 15 mins
Perform from memory Candidate's choice
Improvising Candidate's choice - 3 to 4 mins
Public recital Candidate's choice
Address audience Candidate's choice
Programme notes Yes
Written element & aural tests None
 
Assessment Level LNMSM
Duration 40 mins
Playing Time +/- 4 mins
Works 4-10 Contrasted pieces
Viva Yes, 20 mins
Perform from memory Candidate's choice
Improvising Candidate's choice - 4 to 6 mins
Public recital Yes
Address audience Yes
Programme notes Yes
Written element & aural tests None
 
Assessment Level FNMSM
Duration 60 mins
Playing Time +/- 5 mins
Works Suitable national pieces standard or specialised programme by a single composer
Viva Yes, up to 30 mins
Perform from memory Candidate's choice
Improvising Candidate's choice - 5 to 8 mins
Public recital Yes
Address Audience Yes
Programme notes Yes (in depth)
Written element & aural tests None