Latest exam updates

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.

Online training and supporting films

Child Protection in Education (Music) is a bespoke online course developed by the Musicians’ Union in partnership with EduCare.

This course is suitable for anyone who works with children and young people in a music setting.

The training programme uses the short films available below to show a variety of good and bad practice examples. These will help anyone teaching music to children gain a better understanding of their child protection responsibilities, and avoid situations that could lead to accusations of misconduct.

Introduction

Inappropriate communication with children

Inappropriate demonstration of technique

Dealing with a difficult group situation

Responding to concerns about abuse

Contact ABRSM's DSP

Use this form to contact ABRSM's DSP (Designated Safeguarding Person).

Designated Safeguarding Person

T +44 (0)20 7467 7358

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