transforming young lives and communities through music

The Mayor of Islington's Charity 2015/16

Music First Awards


To ensure that pupils have a tangible goal to work towards, tutors prepare students for Music First Awards. There are three levels of award. To achieve each level, pupils are expected to prepare a solo piece, present the orchestra piece they have been working towards in their ensemble session, and in the case of the level 2 and 3 awards, play scales.


Pupils will be asked to present their learning at the end of each term in a small group of other students under the care of a tutor, and will be given a written report and certificate if they are successful at meeting the award criteria. If pupils complete all three levels of the Music First award system, they are prepared and entered for ABRSM graded exams.


All pupils have a practice diary and they are expected to record their practice against the weekly targets that their tutors sets. Students are also expected to show this to parents/carers at home. To provide further support for students, after each Hub session tutors are available to speak with parents/carers.


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Music First

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Brewers Hall

Aldermanbury Square

London EC2V 7HR

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