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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:

Assessment Levels AvailableDurationPlaying TimeWorksVivaPerform from memoryImprovisingPublic recitalAddress audienceProgramme notesWritten element & aural tests
Certificates10 mins+/- 2mins3-5 Contrasted piecesYes, 5 minsCandidate's choiceThis option is not offeredNoN/ANoNone
INMSM (Grades5/6)20 mins+/- 2 mins3-7 contrasted pieces Yes, 10 minsCandidate's choiceThis option is not offeredCandidate's choice Candidate's choiceCandidate's choiceNone
ANMSM30 mins+/- 3mins3-8 contrasted piecesYes, 15 minsCandidate's choiceCandidate's choice - 3 to 4 minsCandidate's choiceCandidate's choiceYesNone
LNMSM40 mins+/- 4 mins4-10 contrasted piecesYes, 20 minsCandidate's choiceCandidate's choice - 4 to 6 minsYesYesYes None
FNMSM60 mins+/- 5 minsSuitable national pieces standard or specialised programme by a single composerYes, up to 30 minsCandidate's choiceCandidate's choice - 5 to 8 minsYesYesYes (in depth)None


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