Latest exam updates

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.

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.

Please see here for the new process for booking Diploma exams. Please be aware that all supporting materials must be submitted electronically at the point of entry. This does not apply to ARSM exams.

Music Performance

We offer four diplomas after Grade 8.

Performance-only diploma (ARSM)

Our performance-only exam, ARSM, is independent of our suite of three Music Performance diplomas. The ARSM bridges the gap between Grade 8 and DipABRSM.


Music Performance diplomas (DipABRSM, LRSM and FRSM)

The three levels of Music Performance diplomas are designed to reflect your day-to-day experience as a performer, whether amateur or professional.

The tasks include compiling a balanced recital programme and finding editions that best suit your interpretation, talking with confidence about the music, and putting on the best possible performance on the day.

As well as demonstrating your skills as a soloist, from LRSM level there's the opportunity for you to specialise as an orchestral player, chamber ensemble member or keyboard accompanist. There are also options at all three levels to perform on an instrument related to your main instrument for a part of your recital and to perform repertoire of your own choice.

Publications

Diploma resources

Piano Specimen Quick Studies

Piano Specimen Quick StudiesThis title contains valuable practice material for candidates preparing for the piano quick study in ABRSM diploma exams.

The specimen quick studies are suitable for ABRSM’s performance and teaching diplomas and are written in attractive and approachable styles that are representative of the technical level expected in the exam.


Music in Words

Music in WordsThis best selling guide has been extensively updated to remain relevant and invaluable to anyone, experienced or inexperienced, confronted by the task of writing about music - be it programme notes or thesis.

The Music in Words web resource contains additional material and links that support each of the eleven chapters in the book.

A Kindle version of the book is available to purchase from Amazon.

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