Going to university for music with no ABRSM grades

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mertcutio
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Okay, so I want to go to university for music next year. I'm currently on a music technology course and gotten a D* for the first year so far and I play keys on the side too- I'm pretty decent at it, I'd say. The thing is though, I haven't really taken any formal exams and it seems that most courses want ABRSM grade 7 or 8 in theory or piano.

What do I do? Could I say on my application that I'm working towards that? Or will that not stand? Is there anything I can be doing in the meantime? Or am I just screwed?
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If you're at the desired performance standard, many courses will let/make you demonstrate this by audition or video recording, even if you aren't 'graded'. There are some courses which will still take you on, on the basis that you'd focus on modules other than performance (on my course, some are taking 'laptop performance' in lieu of vocal or instrumental performance).

Having neither A-Level Music or graded music theory limits your options somewhat (Music tech generally isn't accepted in place of these), but there are still courses you can find without those requirements.

If you've got your eye on a specific course that you can't get on, another option might be to take a year out and get the additional qualifications you need.
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