Which tasks are included?
- Viva Voce
- Quick Study
Our online booking service will be unavailable on Monday 19 April while we make some important updates. We will provide a new message here once the service is available again. If you have a Performance Grade exam booking this session, please see our Latest Updates page for important information on how this may affect you.
Latest exam updates
Grade 5 Music Theory waiver (not applicable in the UK & Ireland)
We are extending our Grade 5 Music Theory waiver until 23 May 2021. This means that candidates with a Grade 6 to 8 Performance Grade exam submission date up to and including 23 May can take their exam without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. We are making this exceptional arrangement to allow candidates who have been unable to take an exam in recent months to progress with their learning. From 24 May, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return. For exam dates/exam submission dates after 23 May, all candidates taking a Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical Grade must first pass Grade 5 Music Theory.
Performance Grade exams
We are pleased to confirm that 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.
We offer four diplomas after Grade 8.
Our performance-only exam, ARSM, is independent of our suite of three Music Performance diplomas. The ARSM bridges the gap between Grade 8 and DipABRSM.
The three levels of Music Performance diplomas are designed to reflect your day-to-day experience as a performer, whether amateur or professional.
The tasks include compiling a balanced recital programme and finding editions that best suit your interpretation, talking with confidence about the music, and putting on the best possible performance on the day.
As well as demonstrating your skills as a soloist, from LRSM level there's the opportunity for you to specialise as an orchestral player, chamber ensemble member or keyboard accompanist. There are also options at all three levels to perform on an instrument related to your main instrument for a part of your recital and to perform repertoire of your own choice.
A useful reference tool for diploma students.
Valuable practice material for pianists.
Available for the Baroque period, Classical period and Romantic period.
Contains exemplar performances with commentary.
The specimen quick studies are suitable for ABRSM’s performance and teaching diplomas and are written in attractive and approachable styles that are representative of the technical level expected in the exam.
This best selling guide has been extensively updated to remain relevant and invaluable to anyone, experienced or inexperienced, confronted by the task of writing about music - be it programme notes or thesis.
The Music in Words web resource contains additional material and links that support each of the eleven chapters in the book.
A Kindle version of the book is available to purchase from Amazon.