Latest exam updates

Performance Grades – booking for our next session of remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams opens in the week beginning 5 April. To check dates click here. You can find all our Performance Grades information and guidance here.

Grade 5 Music Theory waiver (not applicable in the UK & Ireland)

We are extending our Grade 5 Music Theory waiver until 23 May 2021. This means that candidates with a Grade 6 to 8 Performance Grade exam submission date up to and including 23 May can take their exam without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. We are making this exceptional arrangement to allow candidates who have been unable to take an exam in recent months to progress with their learning. From 24 May, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return. For exam dates/exam submission dates after 23 May, all candidates taking a Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical Grade must first pass Grade 5 Music Theory.

Performance Grade exams

We are pleased to confirm that we will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Please check our Dates and Fees page for details.

Music in Words was first published in 2000. The first edition was reprinted five times. In 2009, an American version of the book (with the same title) was published in New York by Oxford University Press. This resource was constructed for the fully revised second UK edition of the book, published in 2012. The resource is regularly updated.

Reviews

"... excellent resource. ... I cannot recommend this volume highly enough ... one of the most valuable books available in today's commercial market." – John Woodford, musicteachers.co.uk

"... a commendably thorough survey... Clearly expressed and logically ordered, Herbert's concise guide offers helpful, common-sense advice... it will serve as an invaluable reference tool... " – The Strad

"Well-written and easy to read... I can commend this volume to anyone considering undertaking further professional development in music. ... an accessible and thorough source of guidance... a useful reference tool." – Ensemble

"For the student and aspiring scholar, this is life-saving stuff... For its ideas and information, music students, performers and writers of all types should treasure this book... a most worthwhile reference work." – EPTA Piano Journal

"... should become the standard reference work for all serious writers about music!" – The Trombonist

"... presented with impeccable clarity." – Music Teacher

"... not only a valuable quick-reference compendium of information but also a lively and enjoyable book that triggers as well as offers ideas." – Australian Music Teacher Magazine

"... packed with practicalities, ideally suited to the needs of the undergraduate and postgraduate student... valuable reference book." – South African Music Teacher

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