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Performance Grades: Booking for June Performance Grades is open now until 13 May.

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.

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.

Piano Star Duets

Compiled and edited by David Blackwell and Karen Marshall

Piano Star Duets is an exciting book for beginner pianists! With pieces from early beginner to Grade 2 level, Piano Star Duets has been tried out – and approved! – by children. Including a wide range of musical styles, from traditional melodies to jazzy and pop-style pieces, this collection will capture the imagination of young pianists everywhere.

New compositions and arrangements from 13 leading composers

  • Duets in a variety of configurations – for two pupils of a similar standard, for pupil-teacher, or pupils of different standards – plus some trios
  • A wide range of musical styles, from traditional melodies to jazzy and pop-style pieces
  • Varied techniques, introduced progressively
  • Fun musical games and top tips for duet playing
  • A number of the pieces from the book will appear on the ABRSM 2021 & 2022 Piano Syllabus, where duets are featured for the first time at Grades Initial – 3

Click here to purchase publications from the Piano Star series.

The complete list of composers and arrangers included in Piano Star Duets:

  • David Blackwell
  • Karen Marshall
  • Heather Hammond
  • Nikki Iles
  • June Armstrong
  • Mike Cornick
  • Alison Mathews
  • Peter Gritton
  • Nikolas Sideris
  • Marcel Zidani
  • Mark Tanner
  • William Chapman Nyaho
  • Vitalij Neugasimov

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