Practical Session 2 Update - USA

We appreciate how much the cancellation of our exams has affected learners And we are working hard on solutions to ensure learners can gain their qualifications at the earliest opportunity.

However, on the basis of official and local advice we will be cancelling Session 2 Practical exams scheduled for October-December. Our Representatives will provide further guidance in due course. We are very sorry for the impact on teachers and candidates and we will continue to monitor the situation. Thank you for your loyalty and support while these restrictions remain in place.

We will be gradually rolling out remotely-assessed Performance Grades internationally starting before the end of 2020 and will share exam dates and booking periods soon.

Music Theory November Update - USA

We are still in the process of confirming with our Representatives whether Music Theory exams can take place in every area, based on local official advice. However, we can confirm that the Theory exams in the following areas below have been cancelled. All other areas are currently scheduled to hold a Music Theory exam, however we are monitoring the situation closely and will be in touch if anything changes. 

California - Los Angeles and San Diego


California - Monterey area


California - San Francisco area







North Carolina



Central California

Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina

New York & Connecticut


Oregon and SW Washington

San Francisco


Arizona & Colorado 

 Southern California (Los Angeles & San Diego) 



Join the Journey

9 months ago

ABRSM launches Journeys, the new online learning resource for electric guitar

ABRSM is extending its influence and serving a new market with the launch of Journeys, the new online learning resource for beginner electric guitarists.

Journeys is an online platform that offers those starting to learn to play the electric guitar a pathway to learning the songs they love, with a personalised journey that draws from 100 songs and gradually helps them build the skills they need, step by step, at their pace. Tutorials, self-assessment tools and many unique features help them as they gradually build up their own set list from a wide range of artists - Adele to the Zutons, Beyoncé to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Once they feel ready, learners can choose to jam with a band comprising some of the best session musicians on the circuit.

Journeys is designed for those picking up an electric guitar for the first time and also for those who may have played some time ago before putting their learning on hold. Extensive research revealed that learning to play the electric guitar alone can be difficult and many new learners often don’t continue their journey to becoming a competent player. ABRSM believes that many would keep going when supported by high quality resources designed to meet their needs. We look forward to supporting this significant global community through the provision of outstanding learning resources from ABRSM, a recognised leader in inspiring musical achievement.

Michael Elliott, ABRSM’s Chief Executive, said: “Journeys is a natural progression for our organisation as we continually seek to inspire musical achievement in a wide range of genres and for musicians of all abilities. This is a new market for us, but we bring to it the familiar ABRSM expertise, rigour and high standards. Working with seasoned guitar players and trusted industry experts, we’ve developed Journeys to motivate learners so that they continue their personal musical journey, wherever they wish that to take them. We are really proud of this first release of Journeys, which we believe has the potential to become a market-leading online resource for electric guitarists.”

Reflecting an attention to quality together with the aim of assisting progress in learning that are hallmarks of any ABRSM product, Journeys has been two years in the making, with ABRSM consulting with recognised industry experts and learners to fully understand their needs in order to provide the best possible support. Journeys is a subscription service, priced at £12.99 per month and available online at

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