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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-National Youth Jazz Orchestra partnership announced

4 years ago

ABRSM announced an exciting new partnership with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) at its annual UK teacher conference today (5 November), where music teachers took part in ‘The Big Play’ – an inspiring jazz workshop led by NYJO musicians.  The partnership will see ABRSM and NYJO work together on three priorities:

  • 1. Raising the profile of jazz education in the UK: by making it clearer what the progression routes are for promising young jazz musicians.
  • 2. Focusing improvements in areas of low cultural engagement and poor arts provision: by delivering inspirational performances and workshop sessions by NYJO musicians and through providing mentoring for emerging next-generation jazz musicians.
  • 3. Developing new resources to help support young musicians and teachers: by combining the collective expertise of both organisations to sustain engagement in jazz.

Lincoln Abbotts, Executive Director of Strategic Development, said: “We’re delighted to support NYJO’s work in raising the profile of jazz and in championing jazz education. Through a portfolio of performances, workshops and resource development, we’ll be working together to inspire and support the next generation of jazz musicians, leaders and ambassadors.” Nigel Tully, Executive Chair of NYJO, said: “NYJO’s partnership with ABRSM will significantly enhance NYJO’s nationwide learning and participation work. We want the progression routes for jazz to be as clear and available everywhere for young musicians as they are for classical players, and this partnership will help us to spread the jazz message much more widely.”

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About ABRSM

ABRSM is the UK’s largest music education body, one of its largest music publishers and the world’s leading provider of music exams, offering assessments to more than 630,000 candidates in over 90 countries every year including jazz exams in eight subjects. ABRSM’s mission is to inspire achievement in music. In partnership with the Royal Schools of Music, we support high-quality music-making and learning around the world. We offer pathways and resources for learners and teachers that help build musical skills, provide goals and encourage progress.

About NYJO

The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) is Britain’s leading ensemble for young people up to 25 playing big-band jazz. Its mission is to perform exceptional music to excite audiences and engage with young people of all backgrounds around the country. In addition to the main performing orchestra, the organisation operates the weekly NYJO Academy which contains several training bands and a vocal ensemble, and a nationwide series of workshops and educational events intended to inspire children and young people with a love of music and jazz. The organisation has helped launch the careers of many of the UK’s most-renowned musicians including Guy Barker, Amy Winehouse, Mark Nightingale, Laura Jurd and Gwilym Simcock. NYJO is a registered charity (no. 274578), it celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015 and recently released a special double-album ‘NYJO FIFTY’. "It takes only two tracks of this celebratory double album to establish the breadth, maturity and technical excellence of this long-established proving ground of UK jazz talent." Financial Times

About the ABRSM teacher conference

ABRSM’s teacher conference took place on 5 November at London’s Grange Tower Bridge Hotel. Over 500 teachers from the around the UK attended a wide range of practical and thought-provoking sessions for class, group and one-to-one lessons.

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