Latest exam updates

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 https://gb.abrsm.org/en/performancegrades/ 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.

Arizona
California
Colorado
Illinois
Maryland
North Carolina
Ohio
Oregon
Seattle
Virginia
Washington
Wisconsin

Michael Elliott2015 was my first year as ABRSM’s Chief Executive. With its focus on laying foundations for future development, change and growth it was a challenging but exciting year for the organisation. High on my own list of priorities was meeting the many people and organisations involved with ABRSM. By listening to a wide range of views and opinions, I have been able to deepen my understanding of this fantastic organisation, its place in the world of music education and the direction it needs to take in the future.

During the year we took a long look at who we are as an organisation and what we do. As a result we developed a new way to express our mission, which is now simply ‘to inspire achievement in music’. In its breadth and flexibility this reflects our desire to widen our reach and broaden our activities. We have also restated our reason for being – ‘to support the teaching and learning of music, in partnership with the Royal Schools of Music’. Partnerships, both existing and new, will be essential if we are going to support and offer opportunities to an ever-wider range of learners and teachers. Classical 100 was one project which demonstrated our appetite for working creatively with like-minded organisations. It also provided an opportunity for us to test our ability to seize opportunities and to work quickly in collaboration with others.

During the year there was a flurry of activity as we planned for and began a transformation of our services, systems and structures. The early results of this work are now becoming apparent. A new Products and Services department is bringing a coordinated and, where necessary, swift approach to the development of assessments, books and digital resources. We are also streamlining our approach to exam operations and administration so that we can provide the very best customer service to teachers and learners worldwide.

Central to this transformation is our move to new offices at Salters’ Hall in the City of London. Much of the preparation for this relocation took place in 2015 and as I write we are putting the final touches to our plans for the big move. Our new home will provide a working environment that encourages and allows us to work even more effectively, productively and creatively. As we move into this exciting phase in ABRSM’s history it is clear that much of the success of our organisation is due to the passion, dedication and professionalism of people, whether they are staff, examiners or representatives, teachers or learners, or our many friends and colleagues in the wide world of music and music education. This will always be the case.

After more than a year here at ABRSM, I feel honoured to be working for one of the world’s leading music education bodies. I am also very much looking forward to a bright future which sees ABRSM playing a key role at the forefront of music education, supporting all kinds of music making, teaching and learning and championing the wonderful thing we call music.

Michael Elliott
Chief Executive


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