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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 publishes Piano Star books for young learners

4 years ago

ABRSM has released Piano Star, a new series of repertoire books to inspire young pianists and help them to develop their musical skills. The books offer a rich selection of imaginative solo pieces in addition to some duets for pupils and teachers to play together, along with activities to enhance learning.

"The Piano Star series is full of vibrant, contrasting and well-crafted solos and duets for the beginner pianist. Well done ABRSM - this will quickly become a popular addition to early piano lessons. I am certainly looking forward to using it with some of my pupils."
Sally Cathcart, musician, teacher and director of The Curious Piano Teachers

With over 70 newly composed pieces and arrangements from a host of leading educational composers, the titles are brought to life with colour illustrations.

Piano Star volumes

There are three books in the series:

  • Piano Star 1 is suitable for learners who have completed, or nearly completed, their first tutor book;
  • Piano Star 2 is at ABRSM Prep Test level and provides alternative repertoire for that assessment;
  • Piano Star 3 helps move players towards Grade 1.

The variety of repertoire provides a rich mix of musical styles, with techniques introduced progressively.

Commentary on Piano Star

Aisling Greally, piano teacher and co-compiler of the series alongside David Blackwell, said: “Children will be immediately hooked by the new series, Piano Star. The wide variety of attractive and accessible pieces is sure to capture their imaginations and have them running to the piano to try them out! “There are cute, funny and quirky themes, exploring familiar and surprising scenarios, within a variety of sounds. Children can sing the words as they play, enjoy the activities, play duets along with their teachers and admire the delightful colour illustrations by Tim Budgen... and all of this even before taking their Grade 1 exam!” Penny Milsom, ABRSM’s Product and Services Executive Director said: “We’re really excited to publish a new range of appealing and accessible pieces to inspire young pianists and help them to develop their musical skills. Piano Star provides a wealth of useful teaching material which children will love to play. “ABRSM is committed to inspiring musical achievement at every age and level. We know that a beginner’s experience is vital to their musical journey and are delighted to offer this new material that will spark the imagination and help learners progress.”

Where can I purchase Piano Star?

Each Piano Star volume costs £5.95 and the books are now available to purchase online at or from music retailers worldwide.

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