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Performance Grade exams

We are pleased to confirm that we will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Please check our Dates and Fees page for details.

Grade 5 Music Theory waiver (not applicable in the UK & Ireland)

We are extending our Grade 5 Music Theory waiver until 23 May 2021. This means that candidates with a Grade 6 to 8 Performance Grade exam submission date up to and including 23 May can take their exam without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. We are making this exceptional arrangement to allow candidates who have been unable to take an exam in recent months to progress with their learning. From 24 May, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return. For exam dates/exam submission dates after 23 May, all candidates taking a Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical Grade must first pass Grade 5 Music Theory.

Working towards this early goal encourages the development of good technique and sound musicianship. The Prep Test is also an ideal introduction to the experience of taking an exam!

We have developed the Prep Test to be as relaxed and fun as possible. No marks are awarded and there is no pass or fail. At the end of the assessment every candidate is rewarded with a certificate which includes positive and helpful comments from the examiner.

The Prep Test is designed both to provide a first assessment for pupils and to encourage the building of good musical and technical foundations before pupils enter for graded exams.

The Test includes all the sorts of skills beginners will be developing at this stage, such as a sense of pitch and rhythm, controlled and even playing, accuracy and quality of tone, and the basics of musical perception.

Prep Test publications are available from music retailers as well as online, including at the ABRSM music shop. The publications for Bassoon, Double Bass, Oboe, Saxophone and Viola are available from ABRSM’s archive services, provided by Allegro Music.

Do you teach instruments in groups? Visit our Music Medals website to find out more about our assessments for group-taught learners.

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