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We’re excited to be exhibiting both virtually and in Brighton for this year’s Music Mark conference. The conference theme is technology and music education, an area that has been playing an increasingly central role in our work here at ABRSM. Scroll down for updates on some of the latest developments, including digital Performance Grades and on-demand Online Music Theory exams.

As ABRSM’s team of Regional Development Executives (RDEs), we work closely with many Music Hubs and Services across the UK and would love to arrange a coffee, either virtually or in-person, if you’re attending the conference. To arrange a meeting, please click ‘Get in touch’ below to contact the RDE for your region.

Best wishes,

Alistair, Kerry, James & Jenna.

Jenna Main

Scotland and Northern Ireland

Kerry Baldwin

North West England, East Midlands, Yorkshire & Humber

James Welburn

London, South East and East England

Alistair Kennedy

South West & West Midlands


Digital Performance Grades

We launched our Performance Grades just over a year ago and we’re delighted that more than 250,000 learners have now taken one of these digital exams. Teachers, parents and students have all told us how much they value having this additional choice within our range of assessments. Performance Grades are available at Grades 1 to 8 for all subjects that we examine, plus Initial Grade for Piano and Bowed Strings. The ARSM performance diploma is now available as a digital exam as well. Assessed from a video recording, these exams are all about performance – you and your music, audience and instrument.

With monthly booking and submission periods throughout the year, Performance Grades also provide students and teachers will greater flexibility. Find out more by clicking the link below.

Music Theory Grades 1 – 5, online and on-demand!

Our on-demand online Music Theory exams give students the best opportunity to demonstrate their musical knowledge and understanding, when and where they choose. The process is simple: book an exam anytime, and then take the exam within 28 days of booking.

To support learners, we have published our popular Discovering Music Theory series for Grades 1 – 5, which bring theory to life and help learners connect theory to their practical music-making. Check out the video below to have a look inside!

Woodwind 2022 syllabus

Featuring refreshed repertoire for Recorders, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Saxophone, the new syllabus is full of characterful repertoire that reflects the global landscape of music making. Learners can look forward to revised list structures that let them showcase their musical skills, more opportunities to play accompanied or unaccompanied according to their preference and duets in all lists at Grades 1 – 3. We’ve also retained many of the most popular pieces from the previous syllabus.

Mobile apps

We’ll be presenting an interactive overview of some of our mobile apps at this year’s conference – join us at 11am on Friday 3 December to see the apps in action. Our full range includes:

  • Music Theory Trainer – bringing music theory to life with fun and engaging challenges at Grades 1 to 5.
  • Scales Trainer - our redesigned, revamped, fun Piano Scales Trainer is your all-in-one companion for practising the new scales requirements. Also available for Violin!
  • Aural Trainer - our award-winning apps offer an exciting way for students to practise aural skills and are available for Grades 1 to 5 and 6 to 8.
  • Sight-Reading Trainer – be smart about how you practise sight-reading with ABRSM Sight-Reading Trainer
  • Practice Partners for singing, piano, woodwind and strings - a simple way to make practising pieces for your ABRSM exam more musical, enjoyable and rewarding

Becoming a Better Music Teacher – free online course!

We’re continuing to run our popular Becoming a Better Music Teacher course, which has had more than 27,000 enrolments to date!

On this FutureLearn course teachers will learn to assess their current teaching strategies and explore new ways to engage their students during their lessons; they’ll get instrument-specific advice and resources; gain confidence to challenge existing practices; and look at how to plan music lessons within a broader curriculum, among lots of other topics.

The five-week course is free and the next enrolment is 13 December, with the course starting 27 December.

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