The Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM) of China is China's most senior musical institute offering accredited examinations to applicants.
The Standard Grade Examination Committee of the CCOM has the mandate of expanding musical education and its stylistic tradition, and it provides authoritative musical achievement level assessment for overseas Chinese instrumental musicians and students.
The examination material is based on the assessment criteria utilized by the CCOM. The materials which are compiled by highly experienced experts have an increasing level of difficulty with an emphasis on the core techniques as the principles of the assessment. Students who follow the basic increments of the learning material will find themselves steadily progressing, reaching new levels of achievement.
To expand the culture of Chinese music, the CCOM, in collaboration with California Youth Chinese Symphony, will host a Chinese Instrument Grade Examination in the United States. Candidates will be tested on material compiled by the CCOM, and subsequently will be issued a Certificate of Accomplishment by the CCOM. The aim of this collaboration is to raise the professional quality of Chinese music performance, and to encourage the local development of Chinese music.
Every year, after the examination results are released, all candidates who receive distinction results (with a score of more than 90 out of 100) will be invited to perform in the annual CCOM concert recital. The recital usually take place some time in December. It is an excellent opportunity for the candidates to showcase their performance on a concert stage in a friendly and supportive environment.