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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 to focus on relationships with Hubs and Music Services

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ABRSM, the exam board of the Royal Schools of Music, has appointed Aileen Douthwaite, the former Deputy Chair of the Heads of Instrumental Teaching Scotland (HITS), as its new Relationships Executive. As part of her newly created role, Aileen will be working closely with Hubs and Music Services across the UK, meeting both managers and teachers to hear their views on how ABRSM currently impacts in their area. The exercise will inform ABRSM’s ongoing strategy as it seeks to effectively engage and support the music education sector, independent teachers and learners. ‘I’m really looking forward to meeting colleagues from all over the UK and to exploring the various challenges the sector now faces,’ said Aileen. ‘I have a great working knowledge of the situation in Scotland having recently left my post as a music service manager there, and am looking forward to learning more about the broader picture.' ‘I arrive at ABRSM at a time when the organisation is clear in its commitment to supporting teachers and to placing them at the centre of its work,’ she added. ‘I now need to get out there and spread that message, whilst also listening to what people have to say about us - the good, the bad and the ugly! I look forward to strengthening established relationships and creating new ones as we develop a teacher support programme that is relevant and of value to all.’

About Aileen

Aileen joined ABRSM in September. A graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and  Drama, now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, she studied French horn with Maurice Temple and Ifor James. As a performer, conductor and teacher she has worked in the formal education sector for over 20 years, latterly managing the Instrumental Music Service for West Dunbartonshire Council in Scotland. During her time in Scotland, Aileen was also an active member of HITS, both on its Executive Committee and as Deputy Chair of the organisation. She was also a member of the Scottish steering group of Music for Youth with whom she continues to be a music mentor.

Music Mark National Conference

Aileen will be co-presenting with Lincoln Abbotts, ABRSM’s Director of Strategic Development, at Music Mark’s National Conference on 15 and 16 November in Manchester. For more information and to book your place at the event, please visit

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