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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 ABPG15MO when you book. Please also read our terms and conditions here.

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.

Music in Words is based on the conventions and rules of language that apply to Great Britain and those other countries where they are used (most countries of the British Commonwealth, for example). American conventions differ significantly: some words have different spellings, there are grammatical variances and sometimes different words are used to convey the same meanings. Obvious examples are words used for note values: crotchets and quavers in British usage are known in American English as, respectively, quarter notes and eighth notes; ‘bars’ are referred to as ‘measures’ in US usage.

Some of the most obvious differences are addressed in the British edition, but there are so many such variances, some of them subtle but extremely important, that it has been necessary to issue a separate edition for readers in the USA and those places where American conventions are preferred.

The American edition is published by Oxford University Press.

This edition also has its own website containing samples of the book and other information.

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