Latest exam updates

Performance Grades: Booking for June Performance Grades is open now until 13 May.

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 with Arts Council England

In 2017 ABRSM initiated The Music Commission with backing from Arts Council England. The panel, chaired by Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Managing Director of the Barbican Centre, brought together performers, academics, educators and sector experts.  The Music Commission’s final report was published on 4 March 2019. It sets out key themes and recommendations for improving how governments, music organisations, schools, teachers, parents and learners, support progress and progression in learning music. 

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