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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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Celebrating music in primary schools for Shakespeare Week!

4 years ago

ABRSM has joined forces with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust to celebrate Shakespeare Week with a musical twist. On 20 March two million children in 12,000 primary schools across the UK will be celebrating all things Shakespeare. We've developed a range of inspiring resources on music from Shakespeare’s time, which are either by contemporaries of Shakespeare or have been inspired by Shakespeare's works. These are available from the Shakespeare Week website and are based on six pieces from Classical 100. This is a free listening resource for primary school teachers launched by ABRSM, Classic FM and Decca Classics in 2015.  Lincoln Abbotts, Executive Director of Strategic Development, said, “We’re delighted to be working with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust for Shakespeare Week. Classical 100 is a free listening resource for primary schools and we’ve designed some practical resources to help teachers bring some of the Classical 100 pieces to life in the classroom.” Jacqueline Green, Head of Learning and Participation at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, said, “We are proud to be establishing Shakespeare Week in the annual primary school calendar at a time when arts education is increasingly under pressure. This year’s theme of music has given us the chance to work with new partners and will give primary school teachers the opportunity to take Shakespeare into their classrooms and, with their children, discover Shakespeare in new, intriguing and fun ways.” classical_100_preview_event One of the other musical highlights of Shakespeare Week 2017 will be the Big Shakespeare Assembly, featuring a brand new song - Shakespeare Rocks! - especially composed by Steve Titford on behalf of school musical experts, Musicline Direct. The music theme continues throughout the week with a Composition Competition in partnership with Birmingham Conservatoire. Classical 100 is available for all primary schools in the UK to use for free at and the Shakespeare Week resources are available from

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