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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 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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