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

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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 a new Woodwind syllabus for 2014-2017

7 years ago

ABRSM, the exam board of the Royal Schools of Music, will launch a new Woodwind syllabus in July featuring revised repertoire for all subjects – Recorder, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, and Saxophone. The repertoire lists, selected in consultation with our panel of woodwind specialists, comprise a mix of new pieces as well as popular pieces from previous syllabuses. The repertoire lists will be available from 4 July 2013 for use in ABRSM exams from January 2014. Highlights include new albums of miniatures by Philip Sparke for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Saxophone; several classic works from the English, Italian, German and French Baroque period for recorder; the jazzy Divertimento No. 2 by the Maltese composer Charles Camilleri on Grade 8 Clarinet; and a Vivaldi flute concerto that came to light as recently as 2010, on Grade 8.

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‘Woodwind teachers and students have some wonderful repertoire choices to look forward to in our new syllabuses,’ said Robert Sargant, Syllabus Manager at ABRSM. ‘Over many months our selectors have scoured the broadest range of publications in search of exciting new exam material, while ensuring that a core of deserving favourites will also appear.’ As part of the launch ABRSM will be running a Guess the composer competition on our website from 25 June to 4 July. To enter, participants are invited to listen to a short audio clip of a piece from the new syllabus and identify the composer of the work. We will be offering a daily prize as well as a chance to win one iPod nano.

Notes to editors

More information and full syllabus details will be available at from 4 July. Books of Flute Exam Pieces and Clarinet Exam Pieces will be available for Grades 1 to 7 as (part only, Grades 1 to 5; score and part; and score, part and CD). We will also be issuing separate CDs for Grade 8 and recordings for all grades as individual downloads. Saxophone CDs together with audio downloads for Saxophone, Oboe and Bassoon will follow in November.

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