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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 Melody Writer tool

7 years ago

ABRSM, the exam board of the Royal Schools of Music, has launched a new online resource to help students practise their melody writing skills and improve their musical understanding. Melody Writer, which focuses on the melody writing question in a Grade 5 Music Theory exam, is now available as a free beta version at

How it works

It’s quick and easy to write music using Melody Writer. And whether starting from scratch or using the beginning of a real exam question, the tool gives the same level of freedom students have when using pen and paper in an exam. If mistakes are made the tool offers guidance on ways to improve or correct a student’s work when they play back their tune. This feedback is based entirely on the melodies a student has written so they could be prompted to check anything from beaming and grouping or the number of beats in a bar to the use of ties or the range of the chosen instrument. Once happy with their melodies, students/users can save or share their work with their teacher or friends. Teachers can also keep track of progress using the resource’s ‘scorecard’ feature for each melody, which shows where students need extra help. Melody Writer Stuart Briner, ABRSM’s Digital Learning Manager, said: ‘The melody writing question at Grade 5 requires candidates to demonstrate a wide range of skills accumulated through their study of theory. Because there is a lot to think about in this question, it is easy to overlook such things as misplaced bar lines or inaccurate grouping of notes as well as more musical considerations like shape and direction. That’s why we’ve developed Melody Writer, to provide practical support for students as they build their music theory skills.’

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