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 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. 

California - Los Angeles and San Diego


California - Monterey area


California - San Francisco area







North Carolina



Central California

Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina

New York & Connecticut


Oregon and SW Washington

San Francisco


Arizona & Colorado 

 Southern California (Los Angeles & San Diego) 



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

The complete list of composers and arrangers included on 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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