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Grade 5 Music Theory waiver (not applicable in the UK & Ireland)
We are extending our Grade 5 Music Theory waiver until 23 May 2021. This means that candidates with a Grade 6 to 8 Performance Grade exam submission date up to and including 23 May can take their exam without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. We are making this exceptional arrangement to allow candidates who have been unable to take an exam in recent months to progress with their learning. From 24 May, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return. For exam dates/exam submission dates after 23 May, all candidates taking a Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical Grade must first pass Grade 5 Music Theory.
Performance Grade exams
We are pleased to confirm that we will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Please check our Dates and Fees page for details.
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Dust off your instrument and get your hands on a bundle of FREE resources from Figurenotes. These are ideal for teachers to send to their students too - great support for those adapting to online teaching.
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ABRSM's Chief Examiner, John Holmes, emphasises the importance of practising the instrument itself as well as the pieces you’re working on.
ABRSM's Chief Examiner, John Holmes, highlights the importance of ingraining the habits you want to keep, rather than just practising until it's right.
ABRSM's Chief Examiner, John Holmes, discusses the core musical ingredients we should focus on in our practice.
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Our Chief Examiner, John Holmes, talks about his techniques for navigating difficult passages in pieces.
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ABRSM's Chief Examiner, John Holmes, emphasises the importance of a consistent warm-up for your practice.
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ABRSM's Chief Examiner, John Holmes, encourages us to take advantage of any opportunity to practise, no matter how little time we have.