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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

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.

Responding creatively to the challenge

The speed at which six months of performance work has disappeared has been a shock for all performing musicians. Within the space of what felt like hours, a busy and varied series of concerts in my diary from March through to August has either been cancelled or postponed. So many people have stepped into a financial void and we can only hope that the government and other bodies able to assist will do so.

However, musicians are by definition creative, so the speed of transitioning to an enhanced online presence has mirrored the speed with which our work disappeared. The challenge is to make this produce any sort of income and I don’t think anyone has a well-structured answer to that just yet.

Read more on the ISM website: https://www.ism.org/advice/becoming-an-online-musician

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