Scottish Traditional Music

There are eight LCM Scottish Traditional grades, one introductory level, four performance diplomas and three teaching diplomas.

The standard graded exams consist of a performance of three pieces, repertoire and supplementary tests.

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

  • Leisure Play – a performance of four pieces with an optional own-choice piece
  • Recital – an exam entirely or predominantly performance-based
  • Performance Award – a performance-based assessment by video submission

Exams can be taken in any one of the following instruments: solo instrumental (banjo, button accordion, cello, concertina, double bass, electronic keyboard, fiddle, flute, guitar, harp, Highland and Lowland pipes, mandolin, melodeon, piano, piano accordion, viola, whistle, ensemble and voice Other instruments will be considered, please contact the LCME office.


The 2019 syllabus will be available to candidates from the Spring session of 2020. The 2009–2019 syllabus will be valid until the end of 2020.