At some point your child's teacher may recommend that they take some sort of assessment or exam.
This is in the form of a grade exam run by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music or Trinity Guildhall
Secondary pupils tend to take grade exams (grades 1-8 and prep exam). The more formal exam setting gives a sense of occasion and the inclusion of scales, aural tests and sigh reading are recognised as important aspects of instrumental playing.
Assessment plays an important part in a pupils musical journey, rewarding sustained practice and giving pupils, teachers and parents a nationally recognised benchmark.
It is important that pupils develop all their muscal skills and just working towards exams will not necessarily produce good players.
Parental support and encouragement in all areas of musical development makes an enormous difference in progress and enjoyment.