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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.

Music in Words was first published in 2000. The first edition was reprinted five times. In 2009, an American version of the book (with the same title) was published in New York by Oxford University Press. This resource was constructed for the fully revised second UK edition of the book, published in 2012. The resource is regularly updated.

Reviews

"... excellent resource. ... I cannot recommend this volume highly enough ... one of the most valuable books available in today's commercial market." – John Woodford, musicteachers.co.uk

"... a commendably thorough survey... Clearly expressed and logically ordered, Herbert's concise guide offers helpful, common-sense advice... it will serve as an invaluable reference tool... " – The Strad

"Well-written and easy to read... I can commend this volume to anyone considering undertaking further professional development in music. ... an accessible and thorough source of guidance... a useful reference tool." – Ensemble

"For the student and aspiring scholar, this is life-saving stuff... For its ideas and information, music students, performers and writers of all types should treasure this book... a most worthwhile reference work." – EPTA Piano Journal

"... should become the standard reference work for all serious writers about music!" – The Trombonist

"... presented with impeccable clarity." – Music Teacher

"... not only a valuable quick-reference compendium of information but also a lively and enjoyable book that triggers as well as offers ideas." – Australian Music Teacher Magazine

"... packed with practicalities, ideally suited to the needs of the undergraduate and postgraduate student... valuable reference book." – South African Music Teacher

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