Latest exam updates

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.

For more information click here.

Performance Grade exams

We will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Exact dates will be announced soon. Please check here for more information. 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.

Music in Words was first published in 2000. The first edition was reprinted five times. In 2009, an American version of the book (with the same title) was published in New York by Oxford University Press. This resource was constructed for the fully revised second UK edition of the book, published in 2012. The resource is regularly updated.

Reviews

"... excellent resource. ... I cannot recommend this volume highly enough ... one of the most valuable books available in today's commercial market." – John Woodford, musicteachers.co.uk

"... a commendably thorough survey... Clearly expressed and logically ordered, Herbert's concise guide offers helpful, common-sense advice... it will serve as an invaluable reference tool... " – The Strad

"Well-written and easy to read... I can commend this volume to anyone considering undertaking further professional development in music. ... an accessible and thorough source of guidance... a useful reference tool." – Ensemble

"For the student and aspiring scholar, this is life-saving stuff... For its ideas and information, music students, performers and writers of all types should treasure this book... a most worthwhile reference work." – EPTA Piano Journal

"... should become the standard reference work for all serious writers about music!" – The Trombonist

"... presented with impeccable clarity." – Music Teacher

"... not only a valuable quick-reference compendium of information but also a lively and enjoyable book that triggers as well as offers ideas." – Australian Music Teacher Magazine

"... packed with practicalities, ideally suited to the needs of the undergraduate and postgraduate student... valuable reference book." – South African Music Teacher

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. By using our website, you are agreeing to our cookie policy and consent to our use of cookies. Find out more.