Latest exam updates

Performance Grades: Booking for June Performance Grades is open now until 13 May.

Performance Grade exams

We are now offering Performance Grade exams every month. 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. Please also read our terms and conditions here.

Performance Grades discount: system error

We currently have an error in our systems relating to discount codes. When you add the code your order summary will show that 15% has been added to the total, not taken away. However, the 15% discount will be applied to your booking and the correct total will appear at the top of the next screen before you pay. We're working to fix this and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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.

On 7 July 2017, we saw hundreds of people come together to celebrate music and music education at our Shine event held at London's iconic Barbican centre.

There we celebrated the best of music education and were joined by over 200 young performers. At the event, we saw hundreds of people get excited and celebrate music-making and music education. We wanted to continue to highlight the skills and benefits that people from all walks of life have experienced #BECAUSEOFMUSIC, which is why we launched the new Because of Music website.

We hope you'll be inspired by the stories that we will feature here in the coming weeks and months, and if you have anything to contribute, join us! Share your #BECAUSEOFMUSIC story on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and you could be selected to feature on the website.

“Music is the universal language…it brings people closer together.” - Ella Fitzgerald

Are you part of a group who would like to be trained to deliver our Music Medals assessments for younger learners taught in groups?

We can provide a free Music Medals training session to any group numbering over 25 people. Please fill in our form and we will be in touch.

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