FAQ


HOW TO APPLY FOR ADMISSIONS

Download the relevant application form and print on A4 size paper. It is NOT necessary to print in colour. We encourage saving paper, so print on both sides of the page if possible. Alternatively, printed forms are available for FREE from the Admissions Office in the Conservatory. 

  1. Type or fill in the form by hand, using upper case and legible handwriting. Use BLACK ink only.
  2. Once filled in, submit the form to the Admissions Office along with requisite application processing fee.
  3. You can also scan and email a filled in application to admissions@metsmsm.com and pay the application fee to the Conservatory's purser within 48 hours of your submission. 
  4. We usually accept payments by cash and or credit/ debit card. Should you choose to pay through NEFT or banker's cheque or personal cheque write to the Admissions Office for account details.
  5. Only application forms that are duly filled in and application fee paid for shall be reviewed by the faculty for scheduling auditions.
  6. GEP admissions are subject to successful auditions and availability of seats. K3P admissions are subject to availability of seats.

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What's an ABRSM Exam

ABRSM exams are music exams rather than instrumental or singing exams. Examiners are assessing the quality of the music-making, not how it is achieved. For this reason, examiners are not restricted to assessing only their own instrument but require them to examine all instruments.

The graded music exams to motivate instrumental and singing students of all ages and a wide range of abilities. They are available at eight levels – Grades 1 to 8 – and provide:

a)       progressive goals to aim for;

b)       recognition for achievement;

c)        carefully structured syllabus requirements;

d)       one-to-one assessment by an expert professional;

e)       an objective guide to a candidate’s skills and progress.

There are no age restrictions and students can start with any grade or skip grades if they want to.

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How would ABRSM assess me

To succeed in ABRSM grade exams candidates need a combination of skills and understanding. Assessment includes:

a)       performance skills through pieces or songs;

b)       technical skills through scales and arpeggios;

c)        notation skills through a sight-reading test;

d)       and listening skills and musical perception through aural tests.

In each element of the exam, ABRSM operates the principle of marking from the required pass mark positively or negatively, rather than awarding marks by deduction from the maximum or addition from zero.

In awarding marks, examiners balance the extent to which the qualities and skills listed below (broadly categorized by pitch, time, tone, shape and performance) are demonstrated and contribute towards the overall musical outcome.

Practical graded music exams are marked out of a total of 150, with:

a)       100 marks required for a Pass

b)       120 marks required for a Merit

c)        130 marks required for a Distinction

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WILL THE CONSERVATORY HAVE INTERNAL ASSESSMENT

Diagnostic examinations in music practical, sight reading, theory and aural skills are administered to all students for the purposes of determining preparedness to take their respective grade exams. It is absolutely necessary that the students take these diagnostic examinations and perform to the satisfaction of their respective instructors. Any dispute or grievance that may arise out of the decision by the instructor with respect to any student shall be brought to the attention of the Grievance and Dispute Resolution Committee of the Conservatory.

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Can I withdraw from a Course Programme

To withdraw from a course programme, students should complete the Course Withdrawal Form available in the Office of Admission and Student Registration. The final decision regarding fee waivers and refunds in case of a granted withdrawal shall remain with the Conservatory. 

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What is UCAS Tariff

The UCAS Tariff (earlier known as "UCAS Points") is a means of allocating points to post-16 qualifications used for entry to higher education. Its purpose it to help universities and colleges understand the wide range of different qualifications students could study, in terms of their size and depth of study. Students with ABRSM qualifications at Grades 6 to 8 benefit from UCAS (University and Colleges Admission Service) points which can be used as part of a university or college application in the UK.

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Can ABRSM qualification help when studying in other countries

United Kingdom

Gaining UCAS Tariff improves your chances of achieving admission in colleges and universities across the United Kingdom, To know more click here for UCAS website.

Canada

ABRSM exams are approved as External Courses. Students at school in British Columbia can receive Grade (year) 10, 11 and 12 credits towards graduation from ABRSM qualifications. ABRSM qualifications are classified as Foundation Studies (required topics) and at Grade 12 level count towards the eligible Grade 12 Graduation Program requirements.

Australia

Queensland. ABRSM exams are recognized in Queensland for the Queensland Senior Certificate as Recorded Subjects. Grades 4–7 (all subjects) are assigned 1 credit each. and Grade 8 (all subjects) and Diplomas (all levels and branches) attract 2 credits each.

Western Australia. ABRSM exams are ‘Endorsed Programs’ and as such, for students in years 10, 11 and 12, can be counted towards their Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE)

New Zealand

ABRSM and the University of Waikato in New Zealand have agreed a Guaranteed Credit Arrangement (GCA) which accredits ABRSM diplomas. As a result, DipABRSM and LRSM holders studying at the university can now complete an undergraduate degree in less time by allocating credits gained from previous studies towards that degree.

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