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

Xiaole Zhan CICA interview

Read our interview with Xiaole Zhan from New Zealand, who won the 2019 Commonwealth International Composition Award.

Venetian Gondola Song, performed by Lewis and Jenny!

Watch double bassist Lewis Braham and accompanist Jenny Tarrant play Venetian Gondola Song by Mendelssohn.

Allegro performed by Lewis and Jenny!

Watch double bassist Lewis Braham and accompanist Jenny Tarrant play Allegro by Handel.

Challenges and easy bits

ABRSM's Chief Examiner, John Holmes, discusses balancing how we should practise tricky passages in pieces with sections that come more easily to us.

Tricky passages

Our Chief Examiner, John Holmes, talks about his techniques for navigating difficult passages in pieces.

Do you know your instrument families?

Have a go at our musical instrument quiz! Can you name the families of these instruments?

Kopanica in 11/16!

The Robin Hood Youth Orchestra (RHYO) is the flagship orchestra for Nottingham Music Hub. Funded for Nottingham City teenagers, RHYO is an exciting, evolving ensemble that plays a diverse range of musical styles.

The key ingredients of music

ABRSM's Chief Examiner, John Holmes, discusses the core musical ingredients we should focus on in our practice.

Record your practice

It can be really beneficial to record your practice session. Our Chief Examiner, John Holmes, suggests using the ABRSM marking criteria to review and evaluate your practice.

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