Descant Recorder exams
Total marks in all individual Practical exams are 150. 100 marks are required to achieve Pass, 120 marks to pass with Merit and 130 marks to pass with Distinction.
There are five grades of assessment. Select a grade using the links below in order to view the syllabus and supporting materials for that grade.
New Descant Recorder syllabus 2018-2021
The new syllabus includes refreshed repertoire and revised sight-reading and scales and arpeggios. The revised sight-reading and scale and arpeggio requirements apply from 1 January 2018 in all countries, with no overlap period. The usual overlap period applies for pieces from the old syllabus, which you can play until Spring 2018 in the UK and Ireland, and until 31 December in all other countries. Read more about our new Woodwind syllabus here.
Publications & audio
Volumes of well-crafted arrangements for recorder at Grades 1–5.
Practice material for students preparing for Recorder exams.
Practice material for candidates preparing for Recorder exams.
New editions offering support to teachers preparing students for Practical exams.