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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.

Performance Grade exams

We are pleased to confirm that we will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. 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 using our online service. Please also read our discount information and terms and conditions here.

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.

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New Singing syllabus on the way

3 years ago

We are currently developing a new singing syllabus which will include refreshed repertoire lists for all grades. With hundreds of songs and arias to choose from, the exciting new repertoire will provide “attractive and appealing material for young and developing voices in the lower grades and broaden the choice of repertoire at higher grades” Eileen Field, ABRSM syllabus consultant The syllabus will be available 7 September 2017, for use in exams from 1 January 2018. As well as introducing new repertoire lists for Grades 1 to 8, there will be some changes to the accompanied song requirements for Grades 6 to 8, providing greater choice and flexibility so that singers at this level can perform repertoire that matches their strengths and interests. Candidates will perform three songs, rather than four, with each item marked out of 30. They will be able to choose their three songs from five different lists:

  • List A: Early and sacred songs
  • List B: Art songs in French and German
  • List C: Art songs in English
  • List D: Art songs in other languages
  • List E: Opera, operetta and musical theatre

They will no longer be required to sing in two languages, and any song can be sung by any voice type and in any key. There will be no changes to the unaccompanied traditional song or sight-singing requirements at any grade. Read more: www.abrsm.org/singing2018

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