ARSM is for:
- Anyone seeking a challenge beyond Grade 8
- Musicians who want to get back into playing or singing after a break
- Students looking to enhance their performance skills before entering higher education
Latest exam updates
Online Music Theory exam date – 12 December 2020
Our first online Music Theory exams for Grades 1 to 5 in Singapore will take place on 12 December 2020.The booking period for these exams is 26 October to 9 November. Find out more about online Music Theory.
Remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams
We will share exam dates and booking periods for our remotely-assessed Performance Grades soon.
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On government advice, we will still continue to work from home into Phase 3. We will therefore be unable to answer telephone calls during this time.
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ARSM (Associate of the Royal Schools of Music) is a performance-only diploma. It's an opportunity for you to demonstrate performance skills after Grade 8.
You will perform a 30-minute programme where you are assessed on your musical communication skills, interpretation and technical delivery. There are no written or spoken elements and no scales, sight-reading or aural tests, making it a very accessible exam.
Exams are available worldwide with a new remote-assessment option available from October 2020 (initially in the UK and Ireland).
Please note that:
This meaningful goal provides the opportunity to demonstrate your performance skills and to have your level of achievement recognised. It gives purpose and direction to post-Grade 8 learning and can also help bridge the gap between Grade 8 and DipABRSM.
ARSM is all about the performance!
ARSM also gives you the opportunity to create and perform your own programme of music for the first time.
Preparing to meet the challenges of a sustained 30-minute programme will help you develop greater technical assurance and instrument control.
If you're successful, you will receive a certificate and can add letters (ARSM) after your name.
The exam is a performance of a 30-minute programme where:
Programmes should be balanced and varied.
The marks for ARSM are allocated as follows:
Performance as a whole
Out of the total of 50 marks available, 34 are required for a Pass, 40 for a Merit and 45 for a Distinction.
All candidates receive a mark form showing the examiner’s comments and the marks awarded.
ARSM is suitable for musicians, of any age, who would like something to work towards after Grade 8. You must have already passed ABRSM Grade 8 Practical or Performance exam or a listed alternative in the instrument you want to take ARSM in.
Please note that:
We may ask candidates to send us their Grade 8 certificate or other supporting documentation.
ARSM is available for the following instruments:
This ARSM syllabus is valid from January 2017 until further notice. We have issued an updated syllabus/Qualification Specification dated September 2020 to cover the option to take a remotely-assessed ARSM exam. There are no changes to the 2017 exam content and requirements.
We will post any minor updates at www.abrsm.org/syllabuscorrections. Advance notice of a revised syllabus containing significant changes will be provided on this page.