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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’s Music Medals - ten years in the making

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This year ABRSM, the exam board of the Royal Schools of Music, is celebrating the 10th anniversary of Music Medals, its accredited framework of assessments and teaching resources for beginners. Since their launch in 2004, over 75,000 assessments have taken place across the UK with teachers using Music Medals to set goals and celebrate their students’ achievements.

How they work

Music Medals are available for all of the most commonly taught instruments. They are designed to suit the needs of both teachers and pupils, providing a suggested teaching format, as well as an affordable range of music for aspiring musicians. In addition to performing a solo piece, students are assessed on their group performance and all-round musicianship skills. The low-pressure performances are marked by the teacher, while the video of the performance is later moderated by ABRSM. From there, successful candidates are awarded a certificate and a Music Medal. The five-tier medal system ensures that each child has the opportunity to perform to the best of their abilities, as well as preparing them for graded music exams if they wish to take them. Penny Milsom, ABRSM’s UK Operations Director, said ’Music Medals offer an innovative structure for learning that not only supports students as they develop a range of musical skills, but also offers a flexible approach that falls in perfectly with how teachers are teaching right now. They’re affordable, rewarding and a fantastic way of measuring musical progress. It’s been great to see them grow in popularity over the last ten years.’ Brenda McAleer, a music teacher based in Northern Ireland, has entered over 1,100 candidates to date: ’Pupils can work towards their first Copper Music Medal very quickly. This motivates them and encourages a good practice ethos and is an incentive for perfecting pieces and technique. The ensemble performance sets the Music Medal exam apart from other exams. It is the development of ensemble skills from the very start that contributes to the development of the well-rounded musician. My pupils have an immense sense of achievement when they are presented their badge, certificate and comment sheet by the school Principal!’

Further information

To find out all you need to know about Music Medals and to register, please visit

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