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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 welcomes Warwick Commission report on future of cultural value in the UK

6 years ago

ABRSM, the exam board of the Royal Schools of Music, has welcomed the report by the Warwick Commission, published on Tuesday, and its recommendations for ensuring arts education entitlement for all children. The report reaffirms recommendations made by ABRSM and its partners in the Making Music report (September 2014) that there is a need for a united and coherent approach to guarantee that everyone has equal access to music.

Report findings

The Warwick Commission suggests that children born into low-income families with few qualifications are the least likely to engage with and appreciate the arts, culture and heritage in the curriculum. A sphere of influence is paramount to musical engagement – as highlighted in the Making Music report, there is significant disparity between children from different social grades. Children from DE households are less likely to play an instrument and take lessons than those from AB backgrounds, less likely to have friends or family that play instruments and less likely to be involved in group singing and playing activities in school. Furthermore, 1 in 2 children taking private lessons said their parents were involved in the decision to play an instrument – for children from DE households, this falls to 1 in 5.  As the Warwick Commission report suggests, there is an appetite among children to engage with the arts but the challenge lies in access. Our research found that the main reason children stop playing an instrument is due to loss of interest (46%), yet for children from DE households, this falls to 28% (the same percentage who cited the reason as being because they left or moved school). Overall, 29% of children cite the expense of learning as the main reason for never playing an instrument, while 40% of children from DE households cite lack of opportunity in school as the most significant barrier. Michael Elliott, Chief Executive of ABRSM, said ‘The findings of the Warwick Commission highlight the importance of access and engagement with music in school. We welcome the recommendation that Government should provide an Arts and Culture Pupil Premium to match the current PE/Sport Premium, thereby increasing the choices for the UK’s most disadvantaged and culturally disenfranchised children.’

Making Music

To read the Making Music report, please visit www.abrsm.org/makingmusic.

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