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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 announces its 2014 teacher conference

6 years ago

ABRSM, the exam board of the Royal Schools of Music, is delighted to announce details of an exciting and immersive conference for teachers of all instruments and levels. With a focus on ABRSM’s new Piano syllabus, it will also offer thought-provoking ideas for developing the all-round musician across a range of instrumental and vocal specialisms, and explore the significant role the revised ABRSM marking criteria can play in supporting effective teaching and learning. The event will be held at London’s Grange Hotel, Tower Hill on 18 October and programme and booking information can be found at ‘Each year the atmosphere at our conference is remarkable. With more than 500 teachers expected this year, we hope to provide a day of thought-provoking, inspiring and engaging presentations and workshops.’ said Leslie East, Chief Executive at ABRSM. ‘Those attending – drawn from the private, state and independent education sectors – are given a great opportunity to hear a wealth of new and innovative teaching ideas – many of which can be incorporated directly into their own teaching strategies.’ Those presenting at the event include ABRSM’s Chief Examiner John Holmes, who will explore musical progression and the role of assessment, and pianist and ABRSM examiner Anthony Williams, who will look at the strengths of rhythm, articulation and tempo and the subtleties of tone, balance and rubato at the piano. Jessica O'Leary, violinist and ABRSM examiner, will look at how to achieve a distinctive performance. Teachers of all instruments and levels will find lots to interest them and other presenters include ABRSM’s Director of Strategic Development Lincoln Abbotts; flautist and educator Louise Matthew; percussionist and educator Rob Farrer; bassist and educator Tom Hewins; flautist and educator Ian Judson; jazz trumpeter and composer Mark Armstrong; composer and educator Alexander L’Estrange and singer and educator Heidi Pegler. Attendance at the event costs just £75 per delegate, including refreshments and lunch. A full conference programme and booking facility can be found at For further information, please telephone our events team on +44 (0)8456 522 511 or email [email protected]

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