Guidelines for Recorded Exams

  • Music which is published with an accompaniment must be performed with that accompaniment. The accompaniment can be performed live on a piano/ keyboard, or pre-recorded, or a backing track may be used.
  • Candidates must supply details of the pieces they are performing (titles and composers) verbally before each piece. Candidates are not required to submit scores of any pieces performed.
  • Each piece must be recorded in a single, uninterrupted take with the title of each piece being stated before playing.
  • All Technical Work should be recorded in a single, uninterrupted take with each presentation being identified orally before playing. For instance “C major scale”, “A harmonic minor scale”. Please do not submit each scale and arpeggio as a separate video file.
  • Performances must be recorded using a static camera, which should be positioned in such a way as to show the performer, and their instrument, clearly.
  • Always make a short test recording first to ensure the audio signal is clear and not distorting or clipping and the video image is clear.
  • The recording device's microphone must be of sufficient quality to allow assessment of all aspects of the performance, including tone quality and dynamic range.
  • The microphone should be positioned in such a way as to ensure good sound balance between candidate and accompanist or backing track (if applicable).
  • Typically a smartphone or tablet will be of perfectly sufficient quality here in terms of audio and video recording quality. We would recommend that you set your video camera resolution to 720p as this will ensure sufficient quality. A lower resolution than this (for instance 480p) might not have sufficient clarity, whilst a higher resolution (1080p or 4K) would result in an unnecessarily large file size.
  • When completing the file upload on the LCME website, candidates must declare that the performances in the video are that of the candidate named on the submission.
  • When uploading a file to the website, the file must be either avi, flv, wmv, mov or mp4 format and should not exceed 150MB. The file must be labelled clearly with the candidate's name and the name of the piece or component. For example:
    • Jane Smith Andante in C major
    • Jane Smith Technical Work