The Music Teachers’ Board (MTB Exams) provides an exciting new way to take graded examinations in 26 instruments and singing. Our exams are recorded in audio or video with our app, submitted online and marked by our specialist examiners.
Our assessment model, of recording the exam in audio/video, is modelled on the GCSE music coursework structure and has been adapted to work with instrumental qualifications. We have moved this form of assessment into the 21st century with the introduction of an app to record and submit the exam.
MTB was developed over several years and our first Ofqual regulated qualifications were launched in March 2019. The board now have over 1,100 exam centres in more than 40 countries.
The Music Teachers’ Board qualifications were created by teachers for teachers.
The MTB advantage
MTB exams are less stressful for pupils and teachers
The Music Teachers’ Board believe that the whole process of learning to play a musical instrument, including taking grade exams, should be a positive and enjoyable one. Music Teachers’ Board exams are recorded by your teacher in the lesson removing the stress many candidates experience when having to perform to a visiting examiner in an unfamiliar environment.
Complete flexibility over exam dates
Music Teachers’ Board grades can be taken at any time without having to enter months in advance or accommodate exam periods and visiting examiner dates helping teachers to optimise a pupil’s rate of progress.
Uniquely, Music Teachers’ Board exams are only marked by instrument specialists. Only a specialist cello teacher/player will mark a cello exam, a trombone specialist a trombone exam, a guitar specialist a guitar exam etc. Frequently, traditional methods mean the examiner is having to mark performances on instruments they cannot teach or play.
Convenience with no need to travel
There is no need to travel to examination centres. You decide where to take the exam.
Optimised rate of progress
The wait to take an exam to accommodate exam periods and examiner visits can demotivate pupils as it is difficult to progress during this period and they can grow bored of playing the same music for months. Music Teachers’ Board exams can be taken as soon as you are ready.
Music Teachers’ Board exams are significantly less expensive than traditional exams.
Inspiring, new syllabuses
A broad range of repertoire options from classical to popular styles help teachers and pupils select music they will enjoy.