Latest exam updates

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.

Welcome to Violin Sight-Reading Trainer

Be smart about how you practise sight-reading with Violin Sight-Reading Trainer.

Following the success of Piano Sight-Reading Trainer, we’ve expanded the series with a new app for violinists!

Violin Sight-Reading Trainer helps you develop the skills to quickly spot the key features, patterns and characteristics in music before you play it. By working your way through a series of fun games you can unlock 155 brand new pieces of music.

ABRSM Violin Sight-Reading Trainer has been designed to cover the sight-reading element of Violin exams at Grades 1-5 and is available on the App Store and Google Play.

Download ABRSM Violin Sight-Reading Trainer and improve your sight-reading now!

What does Violin Sight-Reading Trainer include?

Games

Each game focuses on one of the key elements of sight-reading, from recognising the key signature to spotting the time signature and tempo, helping you become a smarter sight-reader!

New material

Unlock 155 new pieces as you work your way through the games. Packed full of real ABRSM material that you won’t see anywhere else.

Track your progress

Collect stars as you go and track your progress as you work through the levels.

Make the most of your 30 seconds

In ABRSM Practical exams you have half a minute to look at a piece of sight-reading before you play it. Learn how to stay calm, know what to look out for and have fun preparing for your next exam.

How can I use Violin Sight-Reading Trainer?

Work your way through the following games to unlock 155 brand new pieces of sight-reading.

Rhythm match

You will see four rhythms taken from a piece of sight-reading. When you think you hear one of them you answer by selecting it in a grid as fast as you can.

Benefit: be able to quickly spot and play rhythms that are often reused throughout a piece of music.

Pitch patterns

Concentrate on a highlighted section of music looking carefully at the notes, then answer three questions about them when the music is removed.

Benefit: quickly recognise pitch patterns in music.

Quick fire five

Look at a piece of music for 30 seconds and try and take in as much information about it as you can. Then answer five questions about the music’s key features.

Benefit: learn to internalise the key features of music before you start sight-reading it.

What’s the difference?

Take some time to look over two pieces of music. There are two differences in the second version but what and where are they?

Benefit: be able to scan a piece of music for key features before sight-reading it.

Download Violin Sight Reading Trainer

Available on the iTunes App Store

Get it on Google Play

Violin Sight-Reading Trainer

With Violin Sight-Reading Trainer you can:

  • Quickly identify key musical features
  • Unlock 155 new pieces of sight-reading
  • Make practising sight-reading fun
  • Prepare for Violin exams at Grades 1-5

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