Acoustic Guitar

There are eight LCM Acoustic Guitar grades, plus two introductory levels, four performance diplomas and three teaching diplomas.

The standard graded exams consist of a performance of two pieces, fingerboard knowledge, musical knowledge, accompaniment and aural assessment.

We also provide alternatives to our standard examination format designed to offer something different for our diverse range of candidates:

  • Recital Grade – an entirely performance-based live exam
  • Filmed Performance Award – a performance-based assessment by video submission
  • Recorded Performance Award – a performance-based assessment by audio submission

Enter for your Performance Award here.

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What’s in the exam

Pre-Grade 1

Exam content

Step 1:

  • Fingerboard knowledge
  • Performance

Step 2:

  • Fingerboard knowledge
  • Performance
  • Aural assessment

 

Grades

Exam content

  • Fingerboard knowledge
  • Performance
  • Musical knowledge
  • Accompianiment
  • Aural assessment
Performance Awards (filmed/recorded)

Exam content

Steps 1 & 2:

  • Rhythm study
  • Melodies

Levels 1 & 2:

  • Rhythm study
  • Fingerstyle study
  • Melody

Levels 3, 4 & 5:

  • Rhythm study
  • Pieces

Levels 6, 7 & 8:

  • Pieces

 

 

Recital Grades

Exam content

Steps 1 & 2:

  • Rhythm study
  • Melodies

Levels 1 & 2:

  • Rhythm study
  • Fingerstyle study
  • Melody

Levels 3, 4 & 5:

  • Rhythm study
  • Pieces

Levels 6, 7 & 8:

  • Pieces

DipLCM

Exam content

  • Performance
  • Programme notes
ALCM

Exam content

  • Performance
  • Programme notes

 

 

LLCM

Exam content

  • Performance
  • Programme notes

 

 

FLCM

Exam content

  • Performance
  • Programme notes

 

DipLCM Teaching

Exam content

  • Fingerboard knowledge
  • Lesson
  • Presentation
  • Discussion
ALCM Teaching

Exam content

  • Essay
  • Lesson
  • Presentation
  • Discussion
  • Chart reading
LLCM Teaching

Exam content

  • Dissertation
  • Lesson
  • Presentation
  • Discussion
  • Chart reading