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Launching soon: Singing for Musical Theatre exams

Learners with a passion for stage and film musicals will soon have the chance to celebrate their achievements with our brand new Singing for Musical Theatre exams. Stars from London's West End are joining forces with ABRSM for the launch in October to encourage the first cohort of learners to take the exams from January 2019.

What to expect

As an exciting new complement to our current Singing and Jazz qualifications, the Singing for Musical Theatre exams will give musical theatre singers access to the well-established and familiar ABRSM graded-assessment structure while enabling them to choose repertoire entirely from a dramatic context.

This will include well-known songs from West End and Broadway shows, along with tunes from Disney and other popular films. We'll provide the selected repertoire as ‘living syllabus lists’ online, so that new songs from the most recent shows and films can be easily included as they become available.

Singing for Musical Theatre exam syllabus will launch for Grades 1–3 in October 2018, with the first exams taking place from January 2019. Grade 4 exams and upwards will follow from October 2019.

'Exciting new chapter'

ABRSM’s Chief Executive Michael Elliott says:

“Singing for Musical Theatre represents not just the introduction of a new syllabus for us, but also the start of an exciting new chapter in our history. We’ve worked with a great group of consultants and industry experts to create an appealing new exam that will attract a wider range of Singing candidates. Our exams will be authentic to the genre and capture the energy and fun of musical theatre, whilst giving learners a strong, structured environment in which to develop their technical and performance skills through the songs they love.”

'A clear, well-structured progressive pathway'

ABRSM’s Chief Examiner John Holmes says:

“As with the development of all our syllabuses, we have taken great care to create a clear, well-structured progressive pathway through the assessment of this popular genre. Singing for Musical Theatre exams are new to ABRSM’s exam offer and new in terms of what’s available out there, but familiar in terms of what ABRSM does best – namely providing reliable milestones of musical achievement, marked according to solid, well-established principles.”


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