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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: A Guide to Researching and Writing about Music by Trevor Herbert

Welcome, this is the Music in Words UK web resource. It contains samples of the book for those who are not familiar with its content, and additional material and links that support each of the eleven chapters in the book.

The site serves both the printed book and the various electronic versions.

Chapter pages

There are specific pages for each chapter in the book. They contain additional reading lists and links to internet sites. These are all external sites, so while they are recommended as relevant to the subject of any given chapter, ABRSM is not responsible for their content.

The Resource Collection

As well as the chapter-specific pages, there is a Resource Collection containing links to several useful free websites.

What this resource seeks to do

Much of the content of this resource is aimed at providing a clear focus for the use of the internet for researching and writing about music. For this reason, the number of sites for which links are provided is deliberately limited. It is also intended that you should spend some time understanding the recommended sites and not merely browsing them. They have been chosen because their content is interesting and generally reliable, and because there is evidence that they have been constructed so that the process of using them is easy and productive.

Taking time to understand the recommended sites is an important point because it chimes with the most progressive ideas about the way that the internet can help researchers and writers. These ideas emphasise the fact that electronic resources do not just extend the amount of information that is available about a given subject, but also involve processes (electronic searches, for example) that reveal connections, relationships and meanings that might not otherwise be evident. So do take time to really explore the sites that are suggested.

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