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

Performance Grade exams

We are now offering Performance Grade exams every month. Please check here for dates and fees. We are extending the introductory 15% discount for these exams so that it applies to all remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams in 2021. Just enter code ABPG15SG when you book. Please also read our terms and conditions here.

Performance Grades discount: system error

We currently have an error in our systems relating to discount codes. When you add the code your order summary will show that 15% has been added to the total, not taken away. However, the 15% discount will be applied to your booking and the correct total will appear at the top of the next screen before you pay. We're working to fix this and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Singapore office

On government advice, we will be following a more flexible and hybrid way of working. Although working from home is still encouraged, from 12 April we will be able to answer a limited number of calls and applicants can contact us via the Local Contact - ABRSM: Local exam contacts. We will continue to update you when further information is published by Ministry of Manpower.

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.

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ABRSM launches new Piano and Brass syllabuses

8 years ago

ABRSM launches new Piano and Brass syllabuses

27 June 2012 ABRSM, the world's leading music exam board, publishes new Piano and Brass syllabuses next week, which will take effect from 1 January 2013. The new syllabuses will feature exciting new repertoire for piano and brass teachers and learners.

New for Piano

Piano Exam PiecesABRSM's new Piano syllabus comprises 158 newly selected pieces from a range of classical and contemporary composers. The syllabus will be supported by new Piano Exam Pieces sheet music and recordings, also to be published in July. Further support for piano teachers will be available through a series of seminars to introduce the new repertoire in late 2012. The Piano syllabus offers a colourful range of works from a diverse array of countries including Chinese pieces at Grades 2 and 6, a piece by Venezuelan composer, Federico Ruiz at Grade 4 (his first appearance on an ABRSM syllabus), and a rare Chopin arrangement of a Polish song at Grade 3.

New for Brass

Shining BrassABRSM's new Brass syllabus will feature new set pieces for Horn, Eb Horn, Baritone/Euphonium and Tuba. New publications and recordings will also be available to support teachers and learners. In addition, teachers seeking an introduction to the new repertoire found on the syllabus can attend one of ABRSM's UK conference sessions in the autumn term. The new set pieces include a range of more instrument-specific pieces and a selection of pieces from brass band repertoire appears towards the syllabus's higher grades. These include repertoire associated with Gordon Higginbottom, Robert and David Childs and Steven Mead. Titles from Salvationist Publishing also appear for the first time on ABRSM's Brass syllabus.

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