LCME offer a range of alternatives to face-to-face examinations

Recorded Exams

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, LCME is pleased to be able to offer Recorded Exams as an alternative to the face-to-face exam process to assess the work candidates have prepared for the Spring 2020 exam session.

What is a Recorded Exam?

Candidates record their performance at a time and place that suits them and upload the video to our website, removing the need to attend an exam venue at a specified time and place.

Resources

Who can enter?

Recorded exams are open to anyone and are available in most of our subjects and levels.
See full list below.

Did you have an entry in the Spring 20 session?
Any candidate whose Spring 2020 exam was postponed can transfer their entry to these exams FREE

Upload your recorded performance here.

The entry fee already paid covers entry for the equivalent Recorded Exam.

New entry
Recorded exams are available to everyone. Your pieces can be selected from the equivalent grade syllabus of another accredited exam board.

Are they regulated?

Yes! Submissions are assessed by trained LCME Examiners with extensive expertise across all genres, using the same standards and criteria as face-to-face exams. This offers candidates a reliable, independent, regulated assessment and the flexibility allowed by the entry process. 

How to enter

Select your instrument from the list below and carefully read all the exam and technical requirements and discussion questions for your level. Then simply upload your recorded performance here. Your video files will need to be ready at the time of entry.

If you have any questions, get in touch!

Recorded Exams are offered in the following subjects & levels:

Acoustic Guitar
Brass

Exam Content

Recorded Graded Exam Grades 1-8:

  • Technical Work
  • Performance (3 pieces)
  • Discussion 

Recorded Recital Grade:

  • Performance (4 pieces)
  • Additional piece / Discussion

Recorded Leisure Play:

  • Performance (4 pieces)
Classical Guitar

Exam Content

 

Recorded Exam Pre Grade 1:

  • Technical Work
  • Performance 

Recorded Graded Exam Grades 1-8:

  • Technical Work
  • Performance 
  • Discussion 

Recorded Recital Grade:

  • Performance (4 pieces)
  • Additional piece / Discussion

Recorded Leisure Play:

  • Performance (4 pieces)
Diplomas

Exam Content

 

Recorded Diploma exams are now available in most subjects.

Please note, recorded assessments Electric Guitar and Jazz Guitar are currently in development.

Music Theatre Diplomas Candidates should contact the LCME office.

Performance Diplomas (DipLCM, ALCM, LLCM)

Recital:

  • Performance (with programme notes)
  • Discussion

Concert:

  • Performance (with programme notes)

FLCM 

  • Performance
  • Programme notes

 

Teaching Diplomas

DipLCM:

  • Teaching
  • Presentation, Demonstration & Performance
  • Discussion

ALCM:

  • Teaching
  • Essay
  • Presentation, Demonstration & Performance
  • Discussion

LLCM:

  • Teaching
  • Dissertation
  • Presentation & Demonstration
  • Discussion
Early Learning

Exam Content

Stages 1-3 (Individual only)

  • Introduction
  • Performance

Pre-preparatory (Piano & Recorder)

  • Exercises
  • Performance
Electric Guitar

Exam Content

 

Recorded Graded Exam Step & Grades 1-5:

  • Technical Work
  • Rhythm Playing
  • Lead Playing
  • Spoken Tests

Recorded Graded Exam Grades 6-8:

  • Technical Work
  • Rhythm Playing
  • Lead Playing
  • Spoken Tests
  • Specialism
Jazz

Exam Content

Recorded Step Exams 1&2:

  • Technical Work
  • Performance

Recorded Graded Exam Grades 1-8:

  • Technical Work
  • Performance
  • Prepared Creative Response
  • Musical Awareness

Recorded Recital Grades 1-8:

  • Performance
  • Performance/ Creative Response or Musical Awareness

Recorded Leisure Play:

  • Performance (4 pieces)
Keyboard, Organ & Accordion

Exam Content

Recorded Exam Pre Grade 1:

  • Exercises
  • Performance 

Recorded Graded Exam Grades 1-8:

  • Technical Work
  • Performance (3 pieces)
  • Discussion 

Recorded Recital Grade:

  • Performance (4 pieces)
  • Additional piece / Discussion

Recorded Leisure Play:

  • Performance (4 pieces)
Music Theatre

Exam Content

 

Steps & Grades 1-8:

  • Performance
  • Discussion



Percussion

Exam Content

Steps (Percussion only)

  • Technical Work
  • Performance (4 pieces)

Recorded Graded Exam Grades 1-8:

  • Technical Work
  • Performance (3 pieces)
  • Discussion 

Recorded Recital Grade:

  • Performance (4 pieces)
  • Additional piece / Discussion

Recorded Leisure Play:

  • Performance (4 pieces)
Piano

Exam Content

Recorded Exam Pre Grade 1:

  • Exercises
  • Performance (4 pieces)

Recorded Graded Exam Grades 1-8:

  • Technical Work
  • Performance (3 pieces)
  • Discussion 

Recorded Recital Grade:

  • Performance (4 pieces)
  • Additional piece / Discussion

Recorded Leisure Play:

  • Performance (4 pieces)
Rock Guitar

Exam Content

 

Recorded Exam Steps:

  • Performance

 

Recorded Graded Exam Grades 6-8:

  • Performance
  • Improvisation
  • Additional Performance OR Improvisation
Singing

Exam Content

Pre-grade 1 (Popular Music Vocals only)

  • Technical Work
  • Performance

Recorded Graded Exam Grades 1-8:

  • Technical Work
  • Performance 
  • Discussion 

Recorded Recital Grade:

  • Performance (4 pieces)
  • Additional piece / Discussion

Recorded Leisure Play:

  • Performance (4 pieces)
Strings & Harp

Exam Content

Recorded Graded Exam Grades 1-8:

  • Technical Work
  • Performance (3 pieces)
  • Discussion 

Recorded Recital Grade:

  • Performance (4 pieces)
  • Additional piece / Discussion

Recorded Leisure Play:

  • Performance (4 pieces)
Traditional Music

Exam Content

 

Pre-grade 1

  • Performance (4 tunes)

Recorded Graded exams (1-8) 

  • Performance (5 pieces or sets)

Recorded Recital Grades

  • Performance (5 pieces or sets)

Recorded Leisure Play

  • Performance (4 pieces or sets)
Woodwind

Exam Content

Recorded Exam Pre Grade 1:

  • Exercises
  • Performance 

Recorded Graded Exam Grades 1-8:

  • Technical Work
  • Performance (3 pieces)
  • Discussion 

Recorded Recital Grade:

  • Performance (4 pieces)
  • Additional piece / Discussion

Recorded Leisure Play:

  • Performance (4 pieces)
Ukulele

Exam Content

 

Pre-grade 1:

  • Rhythm Study
  • Performance
  • Free Choice Specialism
  • Prepared Accompaniment

Grades 1-5

  • Rhythm Study
  • Performance
  • Free Choice Specialism
  • Prepared Accompaniment
  • Musicianship