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Music Theory results – update 6 April

Our mission at ABRSM is to inspire musical achievement. We believe everyone has the right to enjoy and excel at music. We also understand that everyone’s musical journey is different. This is why we’re committed to creating new opportunities for people to achieve their goals.

Key Information

  • From this autumn we will start offering Performance Grades in the UK as remotely-assessed exams. We will be gradually rolling out Performance Grades internationally, starting before the end of 2020. We will share exam dates and booking periods soon.
  • Our Performance Grades are not replacing our existing Practical Grades, they offer an additional route to musical progress.
  • You can also choose to switch between our Performance and Practical exams as you progress through the grades.
  • The exams are equivalent in demand and value to our existing graded music exams, but have a different emphasis with a focus on performance.
  • For the exam, candidates select and perform four pieces or songs, presented as a continuous programme: at least three pieces need to be from our existing syllabus (one from each list) and one is of the candidate’s own choice.
  • Performance Grades are assessed remotely: choose your pieces/songs, practise your performance and - when you’re ready – record a video of your performance and send it to us for marking by our examiner panel. A full guidance document covering how to record and submit a Performance Grade video will be available soon. You must read this document before making any exam recordings.
  • A pass at ABRSM Grade 5 or above is required in either Music Theory, Practical Musicianship or any Practical Music solo Jazz instrument before learners can enter for a Grade 6, 7 or 8 Performance exam.
  • Alongside Performance Grade exams at Grades 1 to 8, we will be offering a remotely-assessed ARSM exam with the same syllabus and requirements as our current ARSM.
  • As with our Practical Grades, students taking Performance Grades 6 to 8 will receive UCAS (University and Colleges Admission Service) points which can be used as part of a university or college application in the UK.

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