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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.

Fantastic music resources to support your children at home

We’ve pulled together some of our favourite resources to support music learning at home for primary and secondary age children.

Learn to conduct!

No need to buy an expensive baton, try a pencil or a wooden spoon when giving these

conducting tutorials a go http://encoreyouthmusic.com/explore-conducting/

Amnesty International – The Power of our Voices

These thought-provoking lesson guides to protest music through the ages are best suited to children over the age of 11 and come with their own worksheets. https://www.amnesty.org.uk/files/yhrs_lesson_1_case_studies__worksheets_2014.pdf

Make your own African Djembe

This primary resource gives children an opportunity to get artistically and musically creative by crafting and decorating a Djembe drum. They will also have an opportunity to think about music, art and design that is influenced by African culture. Children will be challenged to follow instructions to make an African drum, and adapt those instructions for their own creativity using the National Geographic Kids’ Art resource sheet.

https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/primary-resource/african-djembe-drum-art-primary-resource/

Chrome Music Lab

The Chrome Music Lab website makes learning music accessible through fun, hands-on experiments. Many teachers have been using Chrome Music Lab as a tool in their classrooms to explore music and its connections to science, maths, art and more, as well as combining it with dance and live instruments. Here’s a collection of some its uses on Twitter.( https://twitter.com/i/events/826075807915192320)

https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Experiments

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