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Performance Grades: Booking for June Performance Grades is open now until 13 May.

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.

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.

Our approach to the new model music curriculum

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We are delighted to have won the contract to assist DfE in the drafting of the new non-statutory Model Music Curriculum. We are looking forward to working with DfE in their development of this project, drawing upon the expertise of ABRSM’s wider community of musicians, teachers, academics and examiners.ABRSM is committed to working in partnership with others to help schools and classroom teachers to improve the quality and accessibility of music education across the UK and beyond. This model music curriculum, for use in primary and secondary schools in England, will cover Key Stages 1 to 3 and have an impact on pupils up to the age of 14. We believe this initiative will make a positive difference to the learning and teaching of music in our schools.The aim of the model curriculum, due for publication in the summer, is to provide schools with a practical, structured framework on which they can base their own programmes of study. ABRSM’s specific role is to facilitate the preparation of this resource with input from the wider music education sector and we have assembled a team of music education experts who have extensive knowledge of teaching at the relevant levels – Key Stages 1 to 3. We will be working under the direction and oversight of a panel of 14 music educators, appointed by DfE. We trust that the model music curriculum will assist the Department to more clearly identify subsequent policy and action that will improve access to, and progression in, music education.We’re still at the early stages of this immensely exciting piece of work. We’ll keep you updated as and when we have more to share.www.gov.uk/government/news/government-backs-young-musicians


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