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Descant Recorder

About Descant Recorder exams

We offer a range of assessments for descant recorder players – including the Prep Test for beginners, Practical and Performance Grades 1 to 5 and diplomas in Music Performance for advanced musicians.   

Read on to find out more about our Descant Recorder exams. 

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Descant Recorder – Practical Grades

Practical Grades are face-to-face exams that focus on all-round musical knowledge and skills, including performance. Exams are available at Grades 1 to 5. In the exam you perform three pieces, play scales and arpeggios and take sight-reading and aural tests.  


Download a PDF of the full Descant Recorder Practical Grades qualification specification. This includes the syllabus and marking criteria as well as detailed information about exam requirements.

Descant Recorder – Performance Grades

Performance Grades are digital exams assessed from a video recording. They have a strong focus on performance, including communication, interpretation and delivery. In the exam you perform a programme of four pieces.  

Exams are available at Grades 1 to 5. There are no booking periods or exam sessions so you can choose when to book, record and submit your exam.  

As well as reading the qualification specification and syllabus for your instrument, you should read our Performance Grade guidance which includes important information about recording and submitting your exam video. Follow the link below to find out more.    


Download PDFs of the Performance Grades Qualification Specification and Woodwind syllabus.

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