Latest exam updates

Performance Grade booking

The next booking period for remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams opens in February. For details, see our dates and fees page.

Music Theory exams – March 2021

  • Online Music Theory exams (Grades 1 to 5) – we are cancelling the online exams planned for 16 March. Exams in May and June will go ahead as planned.
  • Paper Music Theory exams (Grades 6 to 8) – we will not be offering these exams in March. The next exams at Grades 6 to 8 will be in June 2021.
  • Grade 5 Music Theory requirement - from 1 January to 30 April 2021 only, candidates can take Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical exams without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. From 1 May 2021, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return with flexibility about timing.

For more information click here.

Face-to-face practical exams, session 1 - USA

Due to current COVID restrictions, we will not be opening our normal booking period in January for face-to-face practical exams in April-June. We hope to provide a practical session later in the year, but need to keep all dates under review as we can only accept bookings if COVID travel and government restrictions are lifted. We will provide an update nearer to the next booking period.

Free piece of the Day

For the next few months we’ll be publishing a free piece of music every Monday to Friday at 2pm (apart from bank holidays). We’ll be making a variety of pieces available from our books, new and old, with piano accompaniments where needed. We hope you enjoy learning and playing these pieces at home. Please let us know how you get on by emailing us at [email protected].

You can view the full library of previous free pieces of the day here.

Black in the Colour

This is a fantastic piece for singers featured in The ABRSM Songbook, Book 4. Download a free copy of the piece today or you can buy the book from our online shop.

The five-volume ABRSM Songbook series offers singers and their teachers an unrivalled choice of core
repertoire that will provide the bedrock for many years of rewarding vocal study.

The series features:

•  Over 100 art songs, drawn from Grades 1–5 of ABRSM’s Singing syllabus
•  A massive range of repertoire from the Medieval to modern musicals – many in practical new editions
•  Irresistible new arrangements by Carol Barratt of 18 classic songs
•  A rich collection of 60 authentic unaccompanied traditional songs, sourced from around the world
•  English singing translations for every non-English-language song – many newly-commissioned
•  Useful notes on the songs containing background information and performance suggestions
•  CDs of piano accompaniments to all the art songs, performed by Simon Lepper, as well as recordings
of the text to every song, performed by native speakers

Learn more and buy your own copy of The ABRSM Songbook, Book 4 on the ABRSM webshop: https://shop.abrsm.org/shop/prod/ABRSM-The-ABRSM-Songbook-Book-4/2005049 

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