We started as an educational non profit organisation founded in 2010 with the aim of improving access to music education. The company started working with local school children, offering free music lessons with a small group of music teachers. Music tuition was aimed at children who would not otherwise have had the opportunity to experience learning a musical instrument. As these lessons grew in popularity, students started to reach grade level and the teachers would have to find the money to pay for the exams on behalf of the students. Eventually the organisation managed to team up with a local music school, Loughton Music Academy, who’s owner funded these exams and future lessons. The Community Music Initiative (CMI) was born. Eventually CMI were able to draw down funding to start localised projects and open mic nights.

It wasn’t until 3 years later that a noticeable gap started to appear in music education. Students who showed so much talent, but could not afford lessons, could also not afford a qualification and both the music school and CMI struggled to meet the demand of costs. The upset of missed opportunities for talented students became the focal point and indeed the turning point for the CMI. Pulling together teachers and I.T specialists, all with the same goal of improving opportunities to everyone, the CMI started with their online exams project.

CMI started trading as Online Music Exams working closely with altruistic partners and awarding body, The Learning Machine and in 2016, partnered with legendary guitar amplifier company Orange Amps as part of Orange’s education program. Orange too wanted to improve access to music education and working together Online music exams and Orange formed the Orange Rock Guitar course with 8 grades.

Online Music Exams were able to offer all the materials for free with just the exams to pay for which were at a better price point than current exam prices. As the project is all digital, Online Music Exams are able to offer the service worldwide and aim to reach remote areas of the world where students are not able to afford a qualification. It is there, in these communities that CMI and its partners will be able to offer the entire process, including the exams, for free.

We hope all find value in what we have achieved and please let us know if you find a positive outcome from this project at info@onlinemusicexams.org