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. 

California - Los Angeles and San Diego

Wisconsin

California - Monterey area

Illinois

California - San Francisco area

Ohio

Oregon

Virginia

Washington

Maryland

Arizona

North Carolina

Colorado

Seattle

Central California

Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina

New York & Connecticut

Ohio

Oregon and SW Washington

San Francisco

Wisconsin/Illinois

Arizona & Colorado 

 Southern California (Los Angeles & San Diego) 

 

 

Chief Examiner John Holmes shares his practice tips

When it comes to music practice, reverse chaining is a great way to work on a piece. Reverse, or backward, chaining is used in a variety of educational settings and in music, it can transform longer more challenging pieces of music into manageable chunks. Chaining sounds complex, but is actually quite simple. You practise the very last bit first, and then when you’ve got that ‘perfected’, you practise the section that leads up to it, and so on. So you start at the end and work backwards.

Often it’s too easy to stay within the comfort of the familiar first few bars and avoid practising the more difficult end sections. Reversing this, from time to time, by beginning at the end means you spend enough time on the later sections. You are also moving towards the familiar rather than the unfamiliar, which in itself can help to build musical security and confidence.

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