Latest exam updates

Performance Grades – booking for our next session of remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams opens in the week beginning 5 April. To check dates click here. You can find all our Performance Grades information and guidance here.

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.

Get Playing with Nikki Iles

Nikki Iles & Friends is a collection of original compositions and new arrangements for piano written by Nikki Iles and her friends from the world of jazz. Expertly curated and commissioned by Nikki Iles, this book contains piano pieces written by some of the best-known figures on the jazz scene. Also including a CD with recordings of every piece, this book provides a wealth of new and original jazz piano music for those seeking to explore accessible jazz repertoire, building a recital or a programme for ABRSM Performance Grades, or simply playing for pleasure.

In this short film, Nikki shares her experience of creating these brand new books. You can pre-order Nikki Iles & Friends on the ABRSM website.

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