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Exam refunds

To support customers affected by ongoing COVID restrictions, for Practical and Performance Grade exams from 1 January to 31 May 2021 any absent candidate will automatically receive a refund. This includes Performance Grades where the candidate has been unable to record and upload their video. You do not need to contact us to request a refund. However, it will help us if you can log in to your account and cancel the exam.

For Online Music Theory exams and any paper based exams taking place outside of the UK/Ireland we anticipate COVID restrictions will not prevent candidates from sitting their exam so absentee candidates will not automatically receive a refund and our normal Withdrawal, Non-attendance and Fee Refunds Policy still applies.

Music Theory exams – March 2021

  • Online Music Theory exams (Grades 1 to 5) – we are cancelling the online exams planned for 16 March. Exams in May and June will go ahead as planned.
  • Paper Music Theory exams (Grades 6 to 8) – the next exams will take place in June. Please note, dates and booking periods for Grades 1-5 and Grades 6-8 may be different from now on. For full details, see our dates and fees page.
  • Grade 5 Music Theory requirement - from 1 January to 30 April 2021 only, candidates can take Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical exams without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. From 1 May 2021, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return with flexibility about timing. If you receive an email asking for your proof of prerequisite, please ignore this. We will still release any results in line with the arrangements outlined here.

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Performance Grade exams

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.

How can I introduce my child to music?

1 year ago
Karen Marshall

Karen Marshall

Karen Marshall is a private, peri and classroom music teacher from York. An award winning author she has written 17 publications to date including ABRSM Piano Encores and joint edited Piano Star Grade 1. She is a co-author of the beginner piano method, Get Set! Piano as well as being trained in teaching music to special needs students. She is passionate about all children having access to a good quality music education.

Having your child learning an instrument is really exciting for you both. Learning a musical instrument is an excellent way to aid your child’s development and provide them with a passion for life. Parents are an integral part of their child’s potential musical success and cultivating a love of music is a very important first step for children wanting to play an instrument.

There are a range of ways you can introduce your child to music. Simply singing nursery rhymes at home is a great start and will also help with their literacy skills at school. You can also incorporate music into playing ‘with your child on your lap’ games like horsey horsey where the child is bounced on the knee imitating the pulse. Playing classical music in the background at home or in the car is an easy way to subtly introduce different musical sounds. There are also a range of pre-instrumental musicianship classes you can take your child along to as well as local orchestral events which cater to younger children specifically. Encouraging your child to engage in informal performances when play-mates visit, all aid a desire to make music and will help motivate them to practice once they start playing an instrument.

Exposure to inspirational music can be really exciting for children and pay dividends in the long term. Mary’s 16 year old daughter Beth wants to be an Opera singer… As Mary suggests, this ambition started when she watched an opera singer perform as a child:
“When Beth was 6 years old she took part in a memorial service where she sang with a small group of children. As part of the event a male Opera singer performed. She was so mesmerised by his performance and spoke for weeks afterwards about his amazing sound and storytelling actions. I think it was this exposure that first sewed the seed for her singing ambitions. She even recounts the story today.”
Experiencing music is the key to inspiring a desire for musical achievement in children and as a parent you have the biggest influence in introducing your child to the wider musical world.

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