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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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Encore! ABRSM launches collection of best-loved piano exam pieces

6 years ago

ABRSM has released Encore, the official collection of favourite piano exam pieces. The series includes four books of inspiring repertoire set on ABRSM syllabuses over the last few decades. It’s a great source of captivating and memorable music which can be used for lessons, recitals, and playing for fun. Encore is now available to purchase at or from music retailers worldwide. Murray McLachlan, Chair of EPTA, said ‘ABRSM piano pieces have proved time and time again to be pivotal building blocks in the musical development of thousands of young pianists in the world. This vibrant new Encore series brings together the most popular and frequently performed ABRSM grade pieces from recent years. The result is both extremely inspiring and useful.’

Encore, Grades 3 & 4 Encore, Grades 5 & 6 Encore, Grades 7 & 8

Progression at the forefront

Pianists will find a wide variety of best-loved repertoire spanning Baroque to contemporary, from Beethoven to Bernstein. ABRSM grade markers give an instant indication of difficulty, which help inform recital planning, or players looking to discover new music. The series has also been compiled with teaching and progression in mind – each piece introduces a new skill or technique, providing a great bank of content to motivate students and help them prepare for the next level. Concise footnotes facilitate deeper understanding and engagement with the music, signposting the key skills each piece develops. Footnotes also include background information and activity suggestions for exploring the music. Each book covers two grades and the series opens with popular favourites like Hook’s Gavotte and Wooding’s Vampire Blues in Book 1. Book 2 covers Grades 3 and 4, with timeless classics like Top Cat! and Burgmüller’s dramatic Ballade. Satie’s Gymnopédie No. 1 and Haydn’s Vivace assai are just some of the well-known pieces in Book 3, while Book 4 presents advanced players with approachable challenges like Willie Wagglestick’s Walkabout and Allegro from Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 2 No. 1. Karen Marshall, series compiler, said ‘To choose the music for Encore, I initially drew on my own teaching experience and ABRSM exam statistics. The repertoire was then tested on students, as well as numerous teachers and music educators at conferences and workshops across the country.’

Encore testimonials

'A vibrant and inspiring series... what better way to encourage students than with these tried and tested favourites?'
Murray McLachlan

'Pianists will find works they’ve always wanted to play, and discover new repertoire too!'
Erica Worth
Pianist magazine

'My advice for piano students: it would be a great opportunity for you all to own these books, which contain some of the greatest music ranging from J.S. Bach to this day.'
Yicheng Pan
ABRSM Scholar (Piano) at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

'These books are essential collections of popular, exciting pieces. My favourites include the classic Top Cat!, Grieg’s romantic, lyrical Arietta and the delightful, jazzy Blue Sky Blues. I am certain that students and teachers alike will love the versatility of these appealing books as much as I do!'
Martin Bartlett
BBC Young Musician of the Year 2014

Further information

For more information about Encore, visit

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