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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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Hallmarks of distinction

6 years ago

Hallmarks of distinction is a series of conferences for music teachers in South East Asia organised by ABRSM, the exam board for the Royal Schools of Music. This unique series of inspiring presentations will demonstrate to music teachers how to increase the effectiveness of their teaching by using the ABRSM marking criteria. The conference will particularly focus on the Piano Syllabus 2015 & 2016.

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Applying the revised marking criteria

At the conference, ABRSM’s Chief Examiner John Holmes, in collaboration with pianist Gary Matthewman, will explore how examiners use the revised ABRSM marking criteria to assess different aspects of playing, and how to get the most from the examiner’s mark form comments. This will help teachers learn how to plan lessons effectively by highlighting what candidates should concentrate on. There will also be live performances of a range of pieces across all the grades, to demonstrate the vital musical ingredients which make for characterful, stylistic and communicative piano playing. The series – which was formerly known as PDP – is an opportunity for music teachers to network and to learn how to get the most of their teaching. For more information or to book a place at the conference, visit

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