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Latest exam updates

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 https://gb.abrsm.org/en/performancegrades/ 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.

Arizona
California
Colorado
Illinois
Maryland
North Carolina
Ohio
Oregon
Seattle
Virginia
Washington
Wisconsin

Recordings

On this page are audio tracks for 10 pieces from Piano Star Duets, selected from across the volume. For each, we’ve provided a performance track, which includes both parts and shows how the piece goes, together with separate tracks of parts 1 and 2. These provide an opportunity for the pupil to play-along at home and create a duet on their own!

Simply select, for example, a part 2 track and play along with part 1 to make a duet. Some of the pieces have a few extra percussion or instrument parts added to bring out the colour of the music a little more – listen out for these.

Each piece has a two-bar ‘count-in’, given by percussion instruments indicating the beat, before the music starts. The only exception is ‘Chitter Chatter’, which has a four-bar count-in, as the crotchet pulse is quite fast. Note also ‘Jasmine Flower’: because this piece restarts in the middle, there’s a one-bar ‘count-in’ for secondo at this point.

ABRSM’s Speedshifter app can be used to alter the speed of the pieces, for example to find a suitable practice tempo, or even, if you like, to find a quicker tempo to play along to!

We hope you enjoy listening to and playing along with these tracks, and that they enhance your enjoyment of the duets volume.

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