The Suffolk County Music Service Graded Instrumental Examination Scheme is currently provided free of charge to pupils who access the Music Service's tuition through school or the individual / small group lessons. 

Examinations are offered for brass, woodwind, string, guitar, and percussion instruments from Grade 1 to Grade 5.

Enter for an examination

Following the latest Government advice on Covid19, we have regrettably decided to cancel all upcoming exams, concerts and activities.

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Entry deadlines and exam dates

Entry deadline 

Exam dates

Monday 30 September 2019

Saturday 7 December 2019

* Friday 6 December 2019

Monday 20 January 2020


 Monday 11 May 2020


* please note that Tuesdays and Fridays are optional dates and will only be used in the event of a Saturday centre being oversubscribed.

Northgate Arts Centre, Ipswich

Please click here for a PDF version of a Northgate Arts Centre map

East Point Academy, Lowestoft

Please click here for a PDF version of a map for East Point Academy

County Upper School, Bury St Edmunds

Please click here for a PDF version of a County Upper School map

Candidate Card

Please ensure that you complete and bring with you a candidate card confirming the pieces you will be playing.  If not, you will be required to complete this on the day of your exam at the exam centre.


Drum Kit exam files

If you are taking a Drum Kit exam you can download the exam files here.

National exam boards

There are many organisations and exam boards that offer music exams for instruments, singing, music theory, music production, jazz, rock and pop.

You can start your search from the list of organisations below.

All national and independent exam boards will have their own deadlines for exam entries. Please check their websites for this information.

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