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Exam refunds

To support customers affected by ongoing COVID restrictions, for Practical and Performance Grade exams from 1 January to 31 May 2021 any absent candidate will automatically receive a refund. This includes Performance Grades where the candidate has been unable to record and upload their video. You do not need to contact us to request a refund. However, it will help us if you can log in to your account and cancel the exam.

For Online Music Theory exams and any paper based exams taking place outside of the UK/Ireland we anticipate COVID restrictions will not prevent candidates from sitting their exam so absentee candidates will not automatically receive a refund and our normal Withdrawal, Non-attendance and Fee Refunds Policy still applies.

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 exams

We will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. 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 using our online service. Please also read our discount information and terms and conditions here.

For all press and media enquiries please contact Jon Flinn on 07811 397122

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Newham Music and ABRSM launch London’s first dedicated centre for Certificate for Music Educators (CME)

2 years ago

Newham Music and ABRSM have announced a new partnership to provide the first dedicated CME course to be led by a London music education hub. 
The Newham Music CME Centre will support careers in music education through skills development and a nationally recognised professional qualification, the ABRSM Certificate for Music Educators. 
Newham Music and ABRSM are committed to making high-quality music education accessible to all children and young people. The CME programme will ensure that music educators are supported in their own skills development in order to provide the most innovative and effective music education. ABRSM will act as the awarding body for the CME qualification offered by Newham Music. 
John Bergin, CEO of Newham Music, is clear about the impact:
“The Newham Music CME, in partnership with ABRSM, will offer a valuable and relevant opportunity for all musicians and teachers working across the wider music education sector, from those new to the workforce to the most experienced practitioners. It will be an indicator of quality and will encourage best practice.”
CME training is available to music teachers across Newham with immediate effect. From 2019, Newham Music will offer training to the wider music-teaching community throughout London. 
Julie Sharpe, Manager for Teaching and Learning at Newham Music, is excited about the launch:
“Newham Music is passionate about supporting people to lead outstanding education, musically. High-quality creative arts educators are crucial for equipping our young people with the right skills for success in their future lives. For many teachers, the Newham Music CME will accredit the outstanding skills and work they are already doing.”
The Newham Music-ABRSM initiative has been created in partnership with Arts Council England and Creative Cultural Skills, and is designed to help support and develop the skills of music educators including instrumental and vocal teachers, classroom teachers and community musicians. It's a flexible programme with practitioners creating a portfolio of evidence based on their current teaching practice. 
ABRSM’s Chief Executive Michael Elliott explained why ABRSM is supporting Newham Music:
“Our ambition at ABRSM is to inspire achievement in music making, so we welcome the opportunity to positively influence the musical outcomes of children and young people. The Newham Music CME programme is designed to support inspiring, motivational learning of relevance to music educators at all stages of their career. Learning that will in turn be shared with young music makers. We are delighted to support and validate a programme of learning that will enhance the music learning experience for children and young people”. 
ENDS
For more press information, please contact:
Amanda Parker, Head of Communications, ABRSM
+44 (0)20 7467 8824
[email protected] 
abrsm.org/press
Jill Meredith, Development and Communications Officer, Newham Music
+44 (0)20 3598 6260
[email protected] 
newham-music.org.uk
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