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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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Spectrum for Piano Duet

8 years ago


Spectrum for Piano DuetABRSM has published its latest book in the acclaimed Spectrum series – renowned for its exciting and innovative collections of specially-commissioned pieces. Spectrum for Piano Duet is a unique collection of contemporary works for piano, four hands. The newly commissioned pieces range in standard from Grade 3 to diploma level and are suitable for pianists of all ages. The book is divided into three sections - seven pieces with easy Primo and Secondo parts, seven pieces with harder Primo and Secondo parts and the remainder with harder Primo and Easier Secondo part for teacher-student and mixed level pairs. Alongside the established composers represented, such as Michael Finnissy and Arvo Pärt, are six young composers, who have each contributed a variation on Howard Skempton’s theme, ‘Primary Colours’. The highly successful Spectrum series was established by ABRSM and Thalia Myers in 1996, and now includes volumes for piano, violin, cello, clarinet and string quartet. The aim of the series remains unchanged: to commission some of the finest composers to write pieces of modest length and difficulty, while preserving the essential characteristics of their compositional style. ABRSM will host a launch event on Saturday 27 October in collaboration with the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music, comprising composer workshops, a full performance of pieces in the book and a reception. The launch will be attended by 14 of the composers, as well as students and teachers from the JDRCM.

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