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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 three books of easy piano arrangements

5 years ago

Piano Mix, published by ABRSM, is a series of easy piano arrangements created to help pianists progress from Grades 1 to 4, while introducing them to a wide range of genres and composers. 'Dip into these arrangements with plenty of time to spare as you will be hooked; the next hour or two will instantly disappear in a magical world of folk song, orchestral works, jazz standards and popular culture. These pieces are sensitively crafted with few stretches of even an octave and caringly arranged,' said Anthony Williams, Head of Keyboard and Instrumental Music, Radley College. The series has been compiled and edited by David Blackwell, who also contributed arrangements alongside other leading music educators such as Alan Bullard, Nikki Iles, Tim Richards and Christopher Norton, amongst others. 'We’ve chosen arrangements that are skilfully crafted from the original yet also lie comfortably under the fingers and fit the grade parameters of ABRSM. That means teachers can be confident choosing these pieces for their pupils,' said series compiler David Blackwell.

From the orchestra to the opera and from folk to jazz, the arrangements in Piano Mix cover lots of different styles and periods so that pianists can explore famous music and discover new tunes. There are lots of works that teachers and students might recognise including Handel’s ‘Fireworks Minuet’, opera classics from Bizet and Verdi and the theme tunes from The Muppets and Match of the Day. Piano Mix also includes lots of lesser known music to help teachers find new repertoire, and broaden their students’ musical experience. The Piano Mix books are priced between £4.95 and £5.95 and are available to buy online or from a music retailer. To find out more about Piano Mix, please visit www.abrsm.org/pianomix.

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