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) – we will not be offering these exams in March. The next exams at Grades 6 to 8 will be in June 2021.
  • 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.

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Remotely-assessed Performance Grades and ARSM 

The next booking period for remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams is in February – for details see our dates and fees page.  

Instruments

At all grades, candidates have the option of playing one tune on any alternative member of the saxophone family.

Publications & audio

Lead sheets and accompaniments

All tunes set for Grades 4 and 5 are to be found in the AB Real Books. Lead sheets and piano accompaniments for arrangements from the AB Real Books are also available to purchase from Allegro Music and a selection is available to purchase via download.

Tunes set for the exams may alternatively be accompanied by playalong tracks provided on the Grades 4 and 5 CDs.

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