Latest exam updates

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.

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.

Take a minute to listen

In a world that is becoming increasingly visually loud, Minute of Listening helps pupils develop their creative listening skills.

This carefully curated collection of 60-second recordings introduces children to a range of music and sounds from Björk to Beethoven, folk music to field recordings. Accompanying resources help enrich all curriculum areas, and follow-up questions encourage children to discuss what they heard, thought and felt.

How it works:

  1. Log in to Minute of Listening, to introduce a culture of curious, engaged and reflective listening
  2. Explore over 200 minutes, searchable by collection, curriculum area and mood
  3. Listen actively, to support music lessons, topic work, or to help focus your class
  4. Reflect, discuss and get creative, with supporting resources and ideas for extension activities

Find out more: https://www.minuteoflistening.org/

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