Latest exam updates

Music Theory exams – March 2021

  • Online Music Theory exams (Grades 1 to 5) – we are cancelling the online exams planned for 16 March. Exams in May and June will go ahead as planned.
  • Paper Music Theory exams (Grades 6 to 8) – we will not be offering these exams in March. The next exams at Grades 6 to 8 will be in June 2021.
  • Grade 5 Music Theory requirement - from 1 January to 30 April 2021 only, candidates can take Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical exams without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. From 1 May 2021, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return with flexibility about timing. If you receive an email asking for your proof of prerequisite, please ignore this. We will still release any results in line with the arrangements outlined here.

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Performance Grade booking

The next booking period for remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams opens in February. For details, see our dates and fees page.

Free resource for schools

Music teachers are increasingly charged with creating ambitious, surprising, unexpected musical collaborations: for beginner and experienced players; using electric and acoustic, Western and non-Western instrumentation; and for a variety of ensembles. It can be difficult to find music that's flexible enough for these increasingly eclectic groups, but ABRSM has a solution for it – wherever you are in the world!

Introducing Group Loops

Group Loops is a free online platform that gives you fun, flexible repertoire, always suiting the needs of your class. Making music together just got a whole lot easier.

How does it work?
  1. Set up your class or music group
  2. Add your students, their instruments and ability
  3. Choose a piece to play
  4. Print out the customised parts for you and your class
  5. Enjoy making music!

 

“I’m interested in finding material that music teachers want to use and that young people want to play. The one-page score from Group Loops enables you to do that. What ABRSM have really nailed with this is the way you can connect traditional materials, techniques and learning with newer, creative approaches to music making.” – Tim Steiner, composer and conductor specialising in devised and collaborative performance

Group Loops is powered by ABRSM.

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