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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.

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.

Up Sticks by Clive Malabar

Up Sticks appears in the ABRSM Percussion Syllabus at Grade 7. Clive Malabar, the composer, began the piece by improvising a few rhythms and incorporating different sounds using the sticks and various parts of the drum. The finished piece contains elements of jazz/funk with syncopations and uneven time signatures such as 7/8.

There should be an improvised feel to the piece but with an underlying groove throughout and a sense of fun and exuberance! Have you played this piece or another Snare Drum piece from Percussion Syllabus? Let us know by sending an email to [email protected]

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