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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 releases new syllabuses for Trumpet and Trombone

4 years ago

ABRSM has refreshed its repertoire lists for Trumpet and Trombone. The syllabuses, which take effect in exams from January 2017, offer a broad selection of inspiring pieces that have been carefully selected to offer variety and new challenges to teachers and learners alike. Notably, the new repertoire lists feature pieces from ABRSM’s Shining Brass series and Spectrum for Trumpet. There are also pieces that can be taught in mixed instrument groups, featured particularly prominently in the earlier grades. There are no repertoire changes for other instruments in the Brass Syllabus 2017-2020, and no changes have been made to the requirements for scales, sight-reading and aural tests.

In tandem with the repertoire refreshment for Trumpet and Trombone, we have also taken the opportunity to update the pieces and requirements for Brass Prep Test students.

Find out more about the Brass Syllabus 2017-2020

Responding to feedback

Penny Milsom, ABRSM’s Executive Director: Products and Services, said: “We’ve listened to and consulted with teachers and candidates to select pieces for our syllabuses that are exciting, imaginative and inspiring to play and teach.” “Teachers have told us that they would like pieces that can be taught together in mixed instrument groups. We’ve ensured there are plenty of pieces and books set across the Brass syllabuses to accommodate this, including from our two Shining Brass books which offer choices for all three lists in Grades 1–5.” “Look out for James Rae’s engaging ‘Fanfare for the Wimbledon Common Man’ at Grade 1 Trumpet and Leroy Anderson's bittersweet classic, ‘A Trumpeter's Lullaby’, at Grade 6, as well as a welcome newcomer to the Grade 8 Trombone syllabus, Gustav Holst’s stirring 'Concertante', a moving tribute written for his own instrument.”


Later this year ABRSM will launch ARSM, a new performance-only diploma that’s designed to showcase performance skills after Grade 8. This letter-bearing qualification is perfect for players and singers who wish to keep going beyond Grade 8 or those looking to enhance their performance skills before entering higher education. It’s also ideal for those who would like to get back into playing or singing after a break. Find out more at

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