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 may nominate a day, date and time for their assessment with an assessor present or via a live video link.

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

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

Performance Assessment Levels

 
Assessment Level ANMSM
Duration 30 mins +/- 3 mins
Works 3-6 Contrasted pieces
Viva Yes
Perform from memory Candidate's choice
Improvising Candidate's choice - up to two minutes
Public recital Candidate's choice
Address audience Candidate's choice
Programme notes Yes
Written element & aural tests None
 
Assessment Level LNMSM
Duration 40 mins +/- 4 mins
Works 4-8 Contrasted pieces
Viva Yes
Perform from memory Candidate's choice
Improvising Candidate's choice - up to three minutes
Public recital Yes - may be in front of friends/family
Address audience Yes
Programme notes Yes
Written element & aural tests None
 
Assessment Level FNMSM
Duration 50 mins +/- 5 mins
Works 4-8 Contrasted pieces
Viva Yes
Perform from memory Candidate's choice
Improvising Candidate's choice - Three to five minutes
Public recital Yes
Address Audience Yes
Programme notes Yes (comprehensive)
Written element & aural tests None