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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 publishes new Piano syllabus

6 years ago

Piano Syllabus 2015 & 2016ABRSM, the exam board of the Royal Schools of Music, has published its new Piano Syllabus 2015 & 2016. The syllabus includes 158 newly selected pieces across all eight grades, and is supported by a range of resources including CD recordings and Piano Practice Partner, a new app designed to make practising more enjoyable and rewarding. The new syllabus will be valid for exams taken from 1 January 2015.

Wide-ranging repertoire

The syllabus offers a broad selection of inspiring pieces that have been carefully selected to offer variety and new challenges to teachers and learners alike. It features a range of works from composers from 25 different countries, from Lithuania and Ukraine to China and Japan. Popular pieces from previous syllabuses and arrangements that have been specially commissioned by ABRSM are complemented by many newly-selected works. The syllabus also features the world-premiere publication of the beautiful Prelude and Fugue formed on an Indian Scale by William Alwyn (Grade 8) and two engaging pieces (Grades 4 and 6) by composer-pianist Sergei Bortkiewicz, whose works have only rarely featured on the ABRSM Piano syllabus before.

New resources

To support candidates and teachers, ABRSM has published one volume per grade of Piano Exam Pieces. These include the sheet music for nine of the 18 pieces featured in each of Grades 1–7, and 12 of the 32 pieces featured in Grade 8. The books are available with or without CD and all other syllabus repertoire is available from a variety of publishers. ABRSM’s Piano Practice Partner, a new app for those preparing for a Grade 1 to 3 exam, will also be released in July. For more information about our Piano syllabus and supporting materials, visit

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