Latest exam updates

Music Theory exams – March 2021

  • Online Music Theory exams (Grades 1 to 5) – we are cancelling the online exams planned for 16 March. Exams in May and June will go ahead as planned.
  • Paper Music Theory exams (Grades 6 to 8) – the next exams will take place in June. Please note, dates and booking periods for Grades 1-5 and Grades 6-8 may be different from now on. For full details, see our dates and fees page.
  • Grade 5 Music Theory requirement - from 1 January to 30 April 2021 only, candidates can take Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical exams without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. From 1 May 2021, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return with flexibility about timing. If you receive an email asking for your proof of prerequisite, please ignore this. We will still release any results in line with the arrangements outlined here.

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Performance Grade booking

We will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Exact dates will be announced soon. Please check here for more information.


On this page are audio tracks for 10 pieces from Piano Star Duets, selected from across the volume. For each, we’ve provided a performance track, which includes both parts and shows how the piece goes, together with separate tracks of parts 1 and 2. These provide an opportunity for the pupil to play-along at home and create a duet on their own!

Simply select, for example, a part 2 track and play along with part 1 to make a duet. Some of the pieces have a few extra percussion or instrument parts added to bring out the colour of the music a little more – listen out for these.

Each piece has a two-bar ‘count-in’, given by percussion instruments indicating the beat, before the music starts. The only exception is ‘Chitter Chatter’, which has a four-bar count-in, as the crotchet pulse is quite fast. Note also ‘Jasmine Flower’: because this piece restarts in the middle, there’s a one-bar ‘count-in’ for secondo at this point.

ABRSM’s Speedshifter app can be used to alter the speed of the pieces, for example to find a suitable practice tempo, or even, if you like, to find a quicker tempo to play along to!

We hope you enjoy listening to and playing along with these tracks, and that they enhance your enjoyment of the duets volume.

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