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 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.

North Carolina

More ABRSM resources for singers than ever before!

Out now!

Announcing five exciting new books for singers

The new Songbook Plus series at Grades 1 to 5.

Each book contains a selection of songs drawn from a wide range of styles and eras.

The unrivalled choice of repertoire in a huge variety of styles will inspire singers of all ages. The book includes a diverse range of pieces from core classics to songs from stage and screen, as well as fresh new arrangements, newly-commissioned editions and English singing translations. It also includes notes on the songs, to aid practice and performance.

Highlights from the new Songbook Plus series include:

  • ‘The winter it is past’, Scottish arr. David Blackwell, Grade 2
  • ‘Funiculi, funiculà’ by Luigi Denza, arr. Heidi Pegler, Grade 3
  • ‘Naughty’ from Matilda, Grade 4
  • ‘Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child’ arr. Nikki Iles ,Grade 4
  • ‘Slipping Through my Fingers’ from Mamma Mia, Grade 5
  • ‘A Gaelic Blessing’ by Rutter, Grade 5

The new series complements our existing Songbooks, giving teachers and candidates access to even more ABRSM repertoire in one place. Songs from both series will feature on the syllabus from 2018. An essential collection for those preparing for exams or for anyone who loves to sing.

Discover a new way to practise!

Our new Singing Practice Partner app will give you flexibility like never before.

Featuring 66 piano accompaniments from the new Songbook Plus series, you can download the tracks you need then play them in your chosen key, at your chosen speed!

Download today!:

  • Change the speed without altering the pitch and practise at a tempo that suits you
  • Choose the key that best suits your voice – the accompaniments are available in all 12 keys

Free to download, individual tracks available as in-pp purchases.

To use the accompaniment tracks in Singing Practice Partner, the Songbook Plus audio must be downloaded within the app.

If you just want the audio…

… you can download the accompaniment tracks in the published key – available now via iTunes, Google Play and the ABRSM download shop.


Need help choosing your songs?

Listen to our Songbook Plus playlist on Spotify, which features a whole host of different types of performances and recordings to help you get a feel for the new repertoire.


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