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In addition to music lessons, exams are available to any students wishing to gain a qualification.

Derby School of Music is affiliated with all the major Music Exam Boards in the UK.

Please See this years Exam Dates and Exam Entry Fee's list


Examinations Boards

Victoria College of Music

London College of Music (University of West London)

Trinity College London

Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM)



Exam Recognition

Derby School of Music has an impressive 100% pass rate on exams, with many of our students achieving Merits & Distinctions. Our music school has been recognised by the exam boards as achieving some of the best results in the whole country.

As well as gaining a recognised qualification, the higher graded exams in music are also credited with UCAS points, which can be included in university applications.

However for those not wishing to take exams, learning an instrument for pleasure is equally encouraged.