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.

Piano Star Skills Builder

Here are audio tracks for the four scale harmonisations and several pieces from Piano Star Skills Builder. These provide an opportunity for the pupil to play-along at home and create a duet on their own!

Each piece has a two-bar ‘count-in’, given by percussion instruments indicating the beat, before the music starts. We’ve selected a reasonable speed for each piece, but you can alter the speed using ABRSM’s Speedshifter app.

We hope you and your pupils find these tracks useful, and that they add to your enjoyment of the book.

David Blackwell and Karen Marshall

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