School Music Performance

School Music Performance Awards are a range of qualifications suitable for beginners through to intermediate players, available for guitar, bass, keyboard and drums. They have been developed in partnership with Gigajam.​

Regulated by Ofqual at Entry level and Levels 1 & 2, they have been created in direct response to the government's National Plan for Music, and are designed to enable more students – at school and home - to learn to play a musical instrument and receive recognition for their progress.

Students learning using Gigajam simply complete the exercises in their chosen instrument and upload and store their performances in their e-Portfolio. They can do this using either the video capture or Analyser software. At the end of each grade they then have five songs to perform and store, proving their skill and fluency in performing on their instrument. Their class teacher will then verify two specified exercises from the course, along with one song to confirm that the portfolio is consistent with the level the student is performing at.

What’s in the exam

Pre-Grade 1

Exam content

  • Technical work
  • Performance
  • Knowledge and understanding
Grades

Exam content

  • Technical work
  • Performance
  • Knowledge and understanding