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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

ABRSM Piano Webinar 

 

Piano as a melodic instrument

Nick Oliver 

What can pianists learn from single-line melodic instruments? In this webinar, Nick explores repertoire from List B of the new ABRSM piano syllabus, demonstrating the importance of melody within textures.

 

Developing technique

Anthony Williams 

In this session Anthony share his thoughts on nurturing the musical awareness, preparation strategies and technique to vividly communicate the personality and character of a selection of inspirational repertoire from List A.

 

Stylistic Awareness and Musical Characterisation

Alexander L’Estrange 

Bringing to life pieces from List C of the new ABRSM piano syllabus, Alexander will be introducing a range of exciting ideas for you to help students realise musical character and style in their playing. Highlighting various favourites and hidden gems in the new syllabus, he will show how to take performances of List C pieces to the next level.

 

Communication and Interpretation

Leigh O’Hara 

It’s never too early in the learning process to think about how to communicate a piece to an audience. In this webinar, Leigh will explore aspects of musical communication and interpretation, using a range of different pieces across the grades from the new ABRSM piano syllabus.

 

Duet-playing skills

Ann Martin-Davis

What are the skills needed to play duets? In this session, Ann will explore the new duets listed in the new ABRSM piano syllabus, considering the skills needed and how to teach these effectively. This webinar with Ann will help you prepare your students for this exciting additional dimension to ABRSM’s new piano syllabus.

 

Tone, Balance and Texture (Initial - Grade 4)

Paul Janes 

In these sessions, Paul and Alexis will share their thoughts about teaching these aspects of piano playing, using a variety of pieces from the new ABRSM syllabus for illustration and explanation. Developing a good sense of tone, balance and textural awareness is important from the very beginning - not just at higher grades - so they will be drawing upon new repertoire at all levels.

Tone, Balance and Texture (Grades 5-8)

Alexis White

In these sessions, Paul and Alexis will share their thoughts about teaching these aspects of piano playing, using a variety of pieces from the new ABRSM syllabus for illustration and explanation. Developing a good sense of tone, balance and textural awareness is important from the very beginning - not just at higher grades - so they will be drawing upon new repertoire at all levels.

 

Rhythm and Articulation

Sam Carrasco and Mark Tanner

Realising the importance of rhythm is at the heart of effective piano playing - but can often be overlooked, as we focus on various other aspects of a piece or piano technique. In these sessions, Sam and Mark will share their thoughts on how to teach rhythm, and show how articulation skills in particular are the key to effective rhythmic characterisation and communication.

Dates and pricing

You can access these webinars from September until Monday 5 October.

Individual webinar: £10
Best-value bundle of all 8 webinars: £60

Each individual webinar can be purchased for £10. Please note, the discount won’t be applied if the webinars are purchased separately.

Once purchased, you will receive access to your chosen package, plus a 15% discount code to redeem from the ABRSM online shop.

You will need to pay online and payment will be in GBP.

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