How to record

There are no restrictions as to where you film your performance – at home; at school; at your teacher’s studio; in a hall – wherever you have access to a quiet performing space and the appropriate instrument or performance props. And you can work with whoever you wish to in recording your video – family, friends, your teacher, or others. You may ask someone to help you with the recording, with playing your accompaniment or backing tracks, and with managing your exam space. You can even have a group of people behind the camera if you enjoy working in the presence of a live audience! 

Some quick tips when planning your recording: 

  • Choose a quiet room without disruptions or background noise 
  • Make sure you’re not standing in front of a light source which will turn you into a silhouette 
  • The maximum size for your video file is 1GB and your performance must be captured as one continuous take. Ensure your device has enough storage and battery before you begin 

Your books/ legally downloaded copies must be in shot when you film your performance. Please make sure they will be visible to the examiner so that they can confirm that you are playing from a legal copy – even if you choose to perform from memory. In the case that you have purchased a digital copy and are playing from a tablet or eReader, please show the copy on screen to the camera, ensuring that the watermark is clearly legible,  so the examiner can confirm the purchase.

Please remember to turn off HD settings, or select the lowest available HD setting, on your device before you begin. Your exam does not need to be recorded in high definition, and will result in files that are too large for upload. You may record your video as an mp4 or mov file.


  • Read the appropriate syllabus to understand what is expected at each step 
  • Watch the ‘How to film your Performance’ video below, and download and read the associated filming guidance 
  • Check the preparing your video file for upload document to ensure you are recording in the correct file type, and understand how to name your video file 
  • Turn HD ‘off’ on your device 
  • Check the battery and storage capacity 

And remember - exams must be submitted as one continuous performance.

How to film your performance

Please watch the short video from one of our examiners, who will take you through how to achieve the best video recording. You can download the Filming Guidance for detailed explanation for specific syllabuses and instruments.


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