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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 adds singing to its Joining the Dots series

5 years ago

ABRSM has released Joining the Dots Singing, a series of sight-reading support books for Grades 1 to 5. 'The elements of sight-singing are broken down into manageable segments ensuring that the student learns methodically. There are plenty of exercises allowing the student to practise these skills,' said Heidi Pegler, Head of Singing at St Paul's Girls' School. The five books cover requirements for ABRSM’s sight-singing test at Grades 1 to 5, and include:

  • workouts and simple songs, to build the rhythm and pitch skills required for the grade
  • characterful pieces to sight-sing, in a range of approachable musical styles
  • simple improvisation exercises in which students can explore ideas and develop their sense of rhythm and key
  • songs and rounds to sing with others, for additional sight-singing practice or to learn quickly and sing for fun.

Used as part of regular lessons and practice, the series will help pupils read new music more quickly and easily, and develop their awareness of rhythm, pitch and other general musicianship skills.

'The books are not only useful for solo singers taking an exam, but to all singers who wish to develop their performance skills,' said Joining the Dots author Alan Bullard. The award-winning series is also available for Piano Grades 1 to 8 as well as Violin and Guitar at Grades 1 to 5. Joining the Dots is available to buy from music shops worldwide and from

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