Founded in 1887, London College of Music (LCM) is a renowned international certification / examination board based in London, UK. Eight separate schools constitute the University of West London and LCM happens to be one of them. Thames Valley University was the previous name of University of West London and it recently got its new name in 2011.
London College of Music Examinations is the external exam department of LCM, and is a department of the University affiliated to LCM.
London College of Music is operating in East India from 2006 and offers international examination / certification on music in Kolkata. Candidates get internationally certified in western classical music on Classical Guitar, Piano, Keyboard / Synthesizer, Violin, Drums, Western Vocal / Singing, Theory of Music, etc.
In LCM, there are nine grades with increasing difficulty level – starting from step 1 and then Grade 1 to 8. Each grade is divided into 3 sections according to which the student is assessed – the music pieces forms the first section, scales and arpeggios forms the second section and sight reading (playing an unknown notation on spot), aural test and music improvisation forms the third. The international examination from London College of Music is out of a total of 100 marks, where 60 is the pass mark, 75 is the mark for getting merit and 87 is the mark for getting distinction.
Northern School of Music, near Dumdum Station, is the only music institute in North Kolkata (Calcutta), India, which has the franchise to teach and prepare students according to the syllabus of the London College of Music (LCM).