Who We Are

Nationwide Music Examinations is a leading Independent Examination Board and assessor of contemporary music-making ability. We’ve been on the scene for more than 23 years and in that time we’ve witnessed an upswing in demand from music teachers, musicians and educators for our particular blend of graded examinations focussing on the needs of people interested in present-day music…Our syllabuses cater for Digital Piano, Guitar, Keyboard, Singing the increasingly-popular Ukulele, Flute and more. From 2013 we’re adding Electronic Music Production skills appraisal and Popular Songwriting to our catalogue too.Our company founder, Phil Brown, is the guy who pioneered this new approach and an exam format which concentrates on awarding the majority of marks for playing and/or performance – so we don’t include any sung aural tests and rarely do we require you to demonstrate scales!PLUS more than a decade ago, we introduced yet more flexibility: offering a chance for ‘Own Choice’ pieces as part of the syllabus. This means as a teacher or candidate you can extend the all-important pleasure of playing… going beyond the core repertoire contained in our syllabus, opting instead for a piece of music you particularly enjoy – as long as it complies with our standard criteria.For any candidate with Special Educational Needs we allow extra time. Parents, carers or teachers are welcome to help in setting up equipment and it is okay for them to stick around during the exam period, if desired.Nationwide Music Examinations’ policy remains to consult, listen and respond to music-makers and teachers to ensure we continually improve our range of syllabus and that all programming content is up-to-date and truly relevant.Nationwide Music Examinations is a limited company, based in Cheshire, servicing music-makers across the entire UK.

At present we are not regulated by SQA (Scottish Qualification Authority) and/or Ofqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) so our exams fall outside their framework and will not count towards UCAS points. Our Directors are considering an application to seek regulation and/or to seek affiliation in partnership with another awarding body.

It may still be valuable to indicate music studies with NME as part of your personal statement in any college, university or job application. There is plenty of evidence available pointing to the value of music-making in terms of enhancing learning as well adding to your lifestyle enjoyment.

Meanwhile, we continue to deliver a genuine, quality alternative approach to more formal methods of music examination. The hundreds of instrumentalists and singers, of all ages, who enjoy our pathway to playing achievement, are the measure of our success.