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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 Woodwind Syllabus coming soon

3 years ago


On 6 July we’ll be launching a new Woodwind Syllabus featuring refreshed repertoire for Flute, Clarinet, Saxophones, Recorders, Oboe and Bassoon.
You’ll find a wider choice of pieces than ever before, with syllabus favourites alongside famous classical tunes, music form the world of film, TV and musical, and much more. We’ve also revised the sight-reading and scale and arpeggio requirements to ensure that these important elements of the exam encourage and support progression, while reflecting the needs and everyday experiences of teachers and students. We will be publishing a wide range of books to support the syllabus. These include:

  • Exam Pieces – available for Flute and Clarinet at Grades 1 to 7, and for the first time, Saxophones at Grades 1 to 5
  • NEW Exam Packs – bringing together exam pieces, scales and arpeggios, and sight-reading material in one place, available for Flute, Clarinet and Saxophones at Grades 1 to 5
  • Recordings of selected exam pieces available as audio downloads
  • New Scales & Arpeggios books and new Sight-reading books for all woodwind instruments

The new Woodwind Syllabus, books and resources will be available in July for use in exams from 1 January 2018. The usual overlap period will apply for pieces from the old syllabus, but the new scales and sight-reading will come into effect for everyone from 1 January onwards. Read about the new Woodwind Syllabus changes, books and resources: www.abrsm.org/newwoodwind

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