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Practical Update 

We appreciate how much the cancellation of our exams has affected learners and we are working hard on solutions to ensure learners can gain their qualifications at the earliest opportunity.

However, on the basis of official and local advice due to COVID-19, we have made the decision to cancel all Practical exams in Macau until further notice. This decision affects all 2020 bookings for Graded Music Exams, ARSM, Diploma, Choral Singing and Ensemble exams, but does not currently affect any bookings for Music Theory exams. Following this decision, we will process 100% refunds for all existing Practical exam bookings and our Representatives will provide further guidance in due course.

We are sorry for the impact on teachers and candidates and thank you for your loyalty and support while these restrictions remain in place. We are continuing to review when live Practical exams can resume in Macau and will offer them again at the earliest possible opportunity.

Our new remotely-assessed Performance Grades provide an alternative progression route for students during this period of disruption. The Performance Grades are equivalent to our Practical Grades in demand, recognition and value. They are based on the same repertoire and syllabuses, assessment criteria and quality assurance measures as our existing exams and will be assessed by the same highly trained examiners. Booking will open in Macau before the end of the year and you can record your video submission any time from now on. Find out more here.

Welcome to Cello Practice Partner

Cello Practice Partner is a simple way to make practising pieces for your ABRSM exam more musical, enjoyable and fun. It is useful for anyone learning or teaching pieces from the ABRSM Cello Exam Pieces 2020-2023 at Grades 1–5.

What is Cello Practice Partner?

Cello Practice Partner lets you practise the Cello exam pieces at Grades 1–5 along with the accompaniment, solo part or both parts together. Slow down or speed up the music to practise at a tempo that suits you and set loops around tricky passages. Cello Practice Partner is free to download, with in-app purchases available for each individual piece or selections for each grade.

The app comes with one example piece from Grade 1 of the Cello Exam Pieces 2020–2023 so you can evaluate the app before purchasing any pieces. Download it from the App Store or Google Play Store.

How can I use Cello Practice Partner?

Cello Practice Partner lets you play along with real musicians’ performances, exactly as recorded or at a reduced tempo. The app will help you to:

  • Become familiar with the accompaniment and understand how the solo line fits with the piano part for more secure performances. Never miss a cue again!
  • Slow down or speed up the music to a tempo that suits you, for slow careful practice.
  • Listen closely to the Cello in isolation to hear every detail of the expert performance.
  • Repeat tricky passages by setting loops around them.

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