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.

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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.

Keep connected and become an even better teacher with our professional development opportunities, free resources and chance to share your views.

An introduction to Zoom for online lessons

There is a range of video conferencing software available, and Zoom is one of the most commonly used for online lessons, but it is not the only one available. Gabriel Lee shares his insights into some of the practicalities of teaching online.

Orchestras for All's Modulo Programme is now free to all state schools!

National music education charity Orchestras for All (OFA) has announced that for one year only, access to their transformative Modulo Programme for state secondary schools will be free of charge to all participants, offering vital support to music teachers and young musicians throughout the UK.

Using Zoom for online music lessons

ABRSM staff who teach in their spare time found this article useful, explaining how to change settings on Zoom to cater slightly better for the needs of music lessons.

Transitioning to online teaching

ISM member and music teacher (harp, piano and whistle) Pippa Reid-Foster sets out her steps for transitioning to online teaching so you can use her experience as your starting point.

Copyright – where you stand as an online musician

Many musicians have been taking advantage of online technology to carry on earning a living through their musical activities during the COVID-19 pandemic

Using iPads in music making

The Drake Music Think22 team have been working hard on creating a free guide to using iPads as instruments for creative music-making.

Can slow practice ever be exciting?

Most pupils equate slow with boring. But if we can help those pupils to enjoy a bit more active engagement with their practice, we can begin to change this age-old attitude.

Taking Root

ABRSM has music at its core. In this article, our colleagues Philippa and Lincoln talk about how we engage and support the freelance workforce.

How to set up your home studio for online music lessons

Gabriel Lee is well accustomed to teaching online. As a music educator, Gabriel seeks to innovate and incorporate technology into his teaching. This is the first film in a series of four that we’ll be sharing.

Working from home: Staying healthy and managing your energy

James Collins is a leading Sport and Exercise Nutritionist, whose practice is based in Harley Street, London. He is also a columnist for The Telegraph and a consultant for the BBC.

Sing Up home schooling resources

With so many children and young people now staying at home, Sing Up wants to ensure that they are still able to experience the benefits of singing.

Choosing the right platform for your online teaching

In this short article, the ISM take you through four of the most commonly used platforms for online teaching. When selecting which platform to use, we recommend that you take reliability into account.

An effective practitioner is a reflective practitioner

The Becoming a Better Music Teacher course provides ideas on how to improve your teaching strategies and skills. Join us from April 6th for this online course.

Becoming an online musician

ISM member, classical guitarist and teacher Craig Ogden shares his experiences of moving to performing and teaching online since COVID-19 hit the UK.

The importance of internalising music

In this short film, teacher and ABRSM examiner Louise Matthew talks about why it’s important to internalise music when you’re learning a piece.

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