Latest exam updates

Exam refunds

To support customers affected by ongoing COVID restrictions, for Practical and Performance Grade exams from 1st January to 31st 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. Find out more: https://www.abrsm.org/en/latestupdates

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 candidate 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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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.

Diplomas

Our diplomas provide an authoritative assessment framework for a wide range of musicians, including teachers, performers and directors.

Whether you want to pursue a career in music, are currently working as a professional and wish to broaden your qualifications, or are purely after the satisfaction of achieving a personal goal, you''re sure to find a diploma that's right for you.

Our four diplomas

Our first diploma is the ARSM (Associate of the Royal Schools of Music), which bridges the gap between Grade 8 and DipABRSM. The ARSM is currently available for performance only.

For our three further diplomas, there are three subject lines: Instrumental/Vocal Teaching, Music Performance and Music Direction. Each subject line has three levels of award:

  • DipABRSM (Diploma of The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music)
  • LRSM (Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music)
  • FRSM (Fellowship of the Royal Schools of Music)

Encouraging diverse approaches to teaching, performing and directing music, the diplomas stimulate enjoyment and achievement through the progressive acquisition of skills, knowledge and understanding.

Their usefulness has been acknowledged by music services and agencies around the world. They're compatible with systems of assessment widely applied in higher education and encourage lifelong learning, without restrictions on length of study or the requirement that the candidate is taught in an institution.

Publications

Diploma resources

Piano Specimen Quick Studies

Piano Specimen Quick StudiesThis title contains valuable practice material for candidates preparing for the piano quick study in ABRSM diploma exams.

The specimen quick studies are suitable for ABRSM’s performance and teaching diplomas and are written in attractive and approachable styles that are representative of the technical level expected in the exam.


Music in Words

Music in WordsThis best selling guide has been extensively updated to remain relevant and invaluable to anyone, experienced or inexperienced, confronted by the task of writing about music - be it programme notes or thesis.

The Music in Words web resource contains additional material and links that support each of the eleven chapters in the book.

A Kindle version of the book is available to purchase from Amazon.

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