(30th June, 2020 – London) The exceptional, rapid, all-encompassing spread of COVID-19 has caused major disruption to everyone, everywhere, not least to people’s mental wellbeing and education. One of the many fatalities of COVID-19 has been the disruption to centre-based examinations.
The British based OnlineMusicExams (OME) has developed a unique and revolutionary way to solve the difficulties of taking exams in the current situation; one which will remain relevant long after COVID-19 has been conquered, ensuring the survival of end point assessment for the future.
The OME adaptable examination platform, is the first online system in the world to be accredited to level 3 diploma (grade 8) for music. Using advanced technology, it takes control of the examination using a fully-automated platform which enables students to play live performance pieces and take ALL elements of their practical music exams including sight-reading, aural pieces, randomised technical elements and theory questions. Launching initially with rock guitar, singing, piano and music theory exams, all are accredited by The Learning Machine, the Awarding Organisation regulated by Ofqual and QiW.
OME offers a real opportunity to take accredited music exams online, retaining all the traditional components, in real time, anytime, anywhere, with a live automated examiner and then reviewed by a real DBS cleared examiner. These fully interactive exams are more affordable compared to traditional ones plus, they introduce a new tiered system for the Rock Guitar exams which enables students to reduce the number of music exams to three and still attain the same qualifications.
Results are returned to students as early as twenty-four hours after taking an exam, with comprehensive feedback. There is no longer the need to wait weeks for examination results and examiners comments. Dependent on results, retakes can be booked almost immediately, students do not have to wait for the next sessions of local exams so progress more quickly and do not lose heart.
This new exam system makes social distancing easy to maintain, is environmentally friendly as there is no need to travel and reduces stage fright, nerves, anxiety and levels of stress since exams are taken in the comfort of a known place.
OME founder and CEO Cliffy Cooper commenting on the launch said ‘our online platform for practical examinations is highly flexible. It can be used by many other industries, such as hairdressing, languages, even academic GCSEs as well as music. We aim to partner with other course providers who, like OME, want to improve accessibility and affordability of education across the world.’
This groundbreaking, online examination system once again allows students to achieve accredited authentication of their hard-earned skills in a safe environment, giving a much needed morale boost.
About Cliffy Cooper
Before forming Online Music Exams, Cliffy Cooper, originally a musician and piano teacher, founded the Loughton Music Academy and then went on to form the Community Music Initiative, (a not for profit company) to nurture and grow outreach programs for children with limited or no access to music education. He has made it his mission to improve the accessibility and affordability of music education around the world. Since then he has been developing cutting edge technology to improve the delivery of music education using it to radically change and improve on traditional methods. He is passionate about creating equal access to music education for all, using technology to access remote areas of the world and reducing costs to the student.
About Online Music Exams
British based Online Music Exams’ vision is to create the most accessible, affordable online platform for accredited music exams worldwide. Founded in 2010 by Cliffy Cooper the company provides affordable UK and EU accredited online music exams. This keeps the costs of learning down so education can become accessible to everyone as well as being environmentally friendly. They are the first automated online platform that can facilitate government accredited music exams to grade 8, completely online (RQF and EQF through Ofqual). https://onlinemusicexams.org/