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我們全新以演奏為重點的遠程評估等級考試 將為考生在這非常時期,提供了另一種可以向前邁進的途徑。這個以演奏為重點的考試,無論在考試要求、資格認可和價值各方面,均等同於我們的術科等級考試。兩個考試的曲目和考綱相同,評估標準和質量保證準則一致,並且均由曾接受嚴格訓練的考官進行評估。這全新的考試預計將在今年年底以前,開放予澳門考生報名,他們從即時起可開始為考試進行錄影。請瀏覽我們網頁查閱更多有關考試的資訊

What is ARSM?

ARSM (Associate of the Royal Schools of Music) is a performance-only diploma. It's an opportunity for you to demonstrate performance skills after Grade 8.

You will perform a 30-minute programme where you are assessed on your musical communication skills, interpretation and technical delivery. There are no written or spoken elements and no scales, sight-reading or aural tests, making it a very accessible exam.

Exams are available worldwide from January 2017. They are held at the same venues as ABRSM’s graded music exams and during the same time periods.

Please note that this syllabus is only available online.

An introduction to ARSM

Repertoire lists and further information about ARSM

Programming requirements

Please note that:

  • The programme should include at least 20 minutes of music chosen from the ARSM repertoire lists below
  • The remaining time (up to 10 minutes) can be filled with own-choice repertoire that is at, or above, ABRSM Grade 8 standard (see guidance for own-choice repertoire)






PianistThis meaningful goal provides the opportunity to demonstrate your performance skills and to have your level of achievement recognised. It gives purpose and direction to post-Grade 8 learning and can also help bridge the gap between Grade 8 and DipABRSM.

ARSM is all about the performance!

ARSM also gives you the opportunity to create and perform your own programme of music for the first time.

Preparing to meet the challenges of a sustained 30-minute programme will help you develop greater technical assurance and instrument control.

If you're successful, you will receive a certificate and can add letters (ARSM) after your name.

The exam is a performance of a 30-minute programme where:

  • at least 20 minutes of music is chosen from the ARSM repertoire list (this is the same list set for DipABRSM);
  • up to 10 minutes of music can be own-choice repertoire (of ABRSM Grade 8 standard or above).

Programmes should be balanced and varied.

The marks for ARSM are allocated as follows:

Maximum marks

Pieces/songs presented


Performance as a whole




Out of the total of 50 marks available, 34 are required for a Pass, 40 for a Merit and 45 for a Distinction.

All candidates receive a mark form showing the examiner’s comments and the marks awarded. 

ARSM is suitable for musicians, of any age, who would like something to work towards after Grade 8. You must have already passed ABRSM Grade 8 Practical or a listed alternative in the instrument you want to take ARSM in.

We accept Grade 8 qualifications from some other exam boards. A list of these can be found in our eligibility to enter section. Similarly, we’ll also accept a Grade 8 in a closely-related instrument.

Please note that:

  • You need to have passed Grade 8 before the closing date for your ARSM entry.
  • There are no time limits on the validity of Grade 8.

We may ask candidates to send us their Grade 8 certificate or other supporting documentation.

ClarinetARSM is available for the following instruments:

  • Keyboard: Piano, Harpsichord, Organ
  • Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Guitar, Harp (pedal only)
  • Woodwind: Recorder, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone
  • Brass: Horn, Trumpet, Cornet, Flugelhorn, E♭ Horn, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Baritone, Euphonium, Tuba
  • Percussion
  • Singing

This ARSM syllabus is valid from January 2017 until further notice.

We will post any minor updates at www.abrsm.org/syllabuscorrections. Advance notice of a revised syllabus containing significant changes will be provided on this page. 

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