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.

Keep the music playing – organise a window serenade this winter

Window Serenades share the joy of live music with isolated people, bringing solo musicians or small groups to play outside care home windows for those who request a song. Created as a socially-distanced programme for Make Music Day on 21 June 2020 and cross-promoted by the international Make Music Alliance as a way to provide safe musical performances during a global pandemic, Window Serenades can be just as relevant in the winter, reaching those who are isolated during the long dark days of the year.

What you’ll need

A group of enthusiastic musicians – although a solo musician could do a Window Serenade on their own, it’s more fun if there are multiple artists who can perform in rotation, or cover more territory at a large care home.

Any gear you need to perform – to stay socially distanced, don’t ask the nursing home to provide anything. Bring your own music stand, guitar amp, batteries, warm jacket, and anything else you need. Don’t forget your trusted washing pegs to attach your music to your music stands for windy days!

For more information on organising your own Window Serenade, visit the Make Music Day website:

https://makemusicday.co.uk/blog-mmwinter-window-serenades/

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