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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.

Striking a chord with students!

2 years ago
Our new Guitar syllabus and books are out 6 September.
The new ABRSM Guitar syllabus will launch on Thursday 6 September 2018 and, for the first time, Guitar Exam Pieces will be available for Grades 1–5.
The new syllabus includes a variety of styles and includes duets for Grades 1–5. For the first time, students and teachers will have a wide collection of pieces from the syllabus now contained within one book. 
The syllabus features many accomplished composers for guitar, drawn from a range of musical periods, and contains newly commissioned pieces as well as classical favourites. Learners will have the option of having a CD alongside the book. Audio downloads for all syllabus pieces will also be available online.
Gary Ryan, ABRSM Guitar Syllabus Consultant, said: 'Newly commissioned pieces and arrangements have been added with many of the most popular pieces from the old syllabus being retained to ensure candidates and teachers have a wide choice. Many of the significant composers for guitar feature in the new syllabus, and there are many new duets for candidates to choose from, now at Grades 1–5.'
ABRSM is also publishing Guitar Star and a new Guitar Prep Test book, brought to life with colour illustrations and fun activities. Guitar Star includes engaging pieces from beginner to Prep Test level and beyond, and has solo pieces with optional teacher duet parts and a play-along CD.
The ABRSM Guitar Prep Test has been completely refreshed, now containing five new pieces, fun illustrations and everything you need to prepare for the Guitar Prep Test exam.Gary Ryan added: 'The Guitar Prep Test is an ideal introduction to the ABRSM exam experience.'

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