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Music examinations

Photo: It is important that deaf students' abilities are considered on a case-by-case basis

In music exams, it can be unrealistic for a deaf student to attain marks equal to a hearing person on certain parts of the exam, such as the aural part of graded instrumental. For examinations taken outside an academic curriculum setting, most music examination boards will allow adaptations for deaf students.

When submitting a deaf student for a music exam, it is important that their ability is considered on a case-by-case basis. Do check first, as depending on their level of hearing, a child may choose to complete some parts of the test.

Whatever is decided, requests should be made at the time of exam registration.

Examples of adaptations that can be made are:

  • omitting singing exercises for added theory tests
  • extra time being given
  • repeating the playing of exercises more than once
  • allowing the candidate to stand closer to the piano if they are playing with an accompaniment
  • having an interpreter present or writing requests down on paper.