RATIONALE (approach)

Although independent examiners are available for every stage of the examination series it is the teachers who are the most preferred to test their students’ abilities i.e., conducting the examination for the student when they are ready and only when they have a high level grasp of the work required; developing and testing the student’s abilities overtime.

Teachers/examiners should only make an application for accreditation when their student has reached the preferred standard; ‘A’ level (Distinction) or higher.  The minimum standard for a pass has been set at the B level (Merit) with anything lower to be considered for re-working. In this way, teachers can be sure that candidates can pass well.

Music examinations may be conducted at any time throughout the year; 24/7 from anywhere in the world.  Reports and awards are readily made available. 

Teachers are required to set the syllabus/curriculum for their students taking into consideration the international standards prevailing for these types of assessments and the genre and methodology they utilise. 

Teachers/schools are required to submit copies of their syllabus/curriculum to the Music Accreditation Board for evaluation and accrediting at the beginning of their CPM registration process including any adjustments/changes that may occur from time to time.  In this way, teachers and schools can develop repertoire that better supports students’ interests and the methodology teachers choose to utilse.

Examination entries are made via registered teachers upon deciding that the candidate is well up to the required standard before taking the examination. 

Reports and awards are presented via teachers.

Examination entries are also accepted from unregistered teachers or from private candidates.  Reports and awards are then made directly to the unregistered teacher or private candidate as the case may be. 

No time limits apply for any level of examination. Examiners will select various sections for assessment or analyse the entire presentation at their discretion. 


The Institute’s School of Music leads the world by setting new benchmarks in highly developed music performance programs and accreditation systems.  The School of Music offers an array of music subjects from Performance to Composition and Musicology etc. via various pathways. 

Teachers and music professionals are well catered for via the Professional Access Program while schools, teachers, and students can also benefit by being encouraged to explore the many genres open to them.  The School of Music ensures examination candidates are also accorded the highest priority to achieve outcomes that are both relevant and meaningful.