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

Working with the National Children's Orchestras of Great Britain

The National Children's Orchestras (NCO) exists to inspire children and young people from all backgrounds to achieve their full potential through learning and performing orchestral music.

It takes over 600 children into its programme each year and aims to ensure that all exceptional children aged 7-14 have an opportunity to access its programme, irrespective of financial means, background or location. This is delivered in part via a bursary scheme and also via their network of regional orchestras.

ABRSM supports the NCO's new vision for music education through the medium of orchestral experience. The NCO's evolving approach to children's musical development resonates with what we believe should be the foundation of future training programmes.

We support the belief that creativity and well-being of young players should be central to their musical experience. This pedagogical approach nurtures their skills and confidence, and gives them the agency to develop and to enjoy music in many different ways, regardless of genre or professional ambitions.

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