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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.

New Piano syllabus launching 7 June 2018

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We’re launching our new Piano syllabus on Thursday 7 June.
100% refreshed repertoire
Alongside well-known tunes, there will be a wider range of styles than ever before, including special commissions and arrangements.
You’ll also find the new exam music on our Piano Practice Partner app. The app lets you practise at any speed, using one hand or both, and is a great way to build confidence.
No change to scales
We've been considering making changes to the scales and arpeggios requirements and some of you may have been involved in this consultation. Following extensive feedback from both expert consultants and piano teachers using our exams, we've decided to extend this fruitful period of consultative and developmental work and therefore won't publish new scale requirements for this syllabus. Sight-reading and aural tests also remain the same.
We intend to publish new scales for the 2021 & 2022 syllabus and will give you as much notice as possible about any future changes.
A reminder about dates
The new Piano syllabus, books and resources will be available from 7 June for use in exams from 1 January 2019. 
You can play pieces from the current syllabus until 31 May 2019 (Session A) in the UK and Ireland and 31 December 2019 in all other countries.
Find out more.
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