The String Department

The String Department at London School of Arts offers you the most diverse and contemporary string education.

We provide one to one lesson in violin, and viola, we offer you professional tutors who are specialists in each discipline, course-work specifically designed to enhance your talents and abilities.

You can choose to learn violin for fun as well as Grade exams run by ABRSM. Violin exams consist of three pieces, chosen by the candidate from the appropriate lists in the current syllabus, scales and arpeggios, sight-reading and aural tests.

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.

Grade exams require a high level of commitment through regular practice as well as a strong parental involvement. It’s the parent’s responsibility to encourage and monitor student is practicing at home. Minimum 20mins 4 times a week is required. As the grades get higher of course more time is needed to put in practice.

Examinations can be an extremely motivating and positive experience for students when used in the correct way. We know that exams are important not just for level assessment but for UCAS points students may need when applying for universities. We do not ‘fast track’ a pupil through exams by compromising on the development of secure musical foundations.

Preliminary Grade: Tunes and pieces specially composed for this test, to enables pupils to practice and demonstrate important musical skills, such as a sense of pitch and rhythm, controlled and even playing, accuracy and quality of tone.

Grades 1 to 8: The standard graded exams consist of a performance of three pieces from each of lists A, B and C, students have three pieces in A three in B and three options in C to pick from. Performance exam is then followed up with scales and arpeggios, sight-reading and aural tests.


Age Group Day Duration Pricing
All Ages and Levels 7 days a week / Every day 30 min Start from £16.50
All Ages and Levels 7 days a week / Every day 45 min Start from £24
All Ages and Levels 7 days a week / Every day 60 min Start from £32