Latest exam updates

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 Piano Practice Partner

6 years ago

ABRSM, the exam board of the Royal Schools of Music, has launched its Piano Practice Partner app to help students practise pieces for its Piano exams. A flexible tool that makes practising ABRSM Piano exam pieces for Grade 1 to 3 more musical, enjoyable and rewarding, Piano Practice Partner is now available to download from iTunes and Google Play for both smartphones and tablets.

How it works

Piano Practice Partner allows learners to practise the left or right-hand of the music separately, while the app plays the other hand. The app has a unique guide function to help learners stay in time through long rests and tempo changes as well as the ability to slow down or speed up the music to a tempo that suits the user. Piano Practice Partner is useful for learning or teaching pieces from Grades 1 to 3 of the ABRSM Piano Syllabus 2015 & 2016. Stuart Briner, ABRSM’s Digital Learning Manager, said: ‘Used in conjunction with our Grade 1-3 repertoire books, Piano Practice Partner is a great way to prepare your pieces in a flexible, and enjoyable way. There are many ways this app can be used whilst learning new pieces, from working at different speeds to setting markers to allow repeated practice of challenging sections, or developing memorisation skills. We hope Piano Practice Partner will be a useful, musical and inspiring tool for anyone teaching or learning our Grade 1-3 piano repertoire.’

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