Syllabus overlap information

In the first year of any new Practical syllabus, candidates can for a limited period choose to perform pieces set in the lists of the preceding syllabus, but they can't combine pieces from the preceding and new syllabus (except in the case of items that appear in both).

No such overlap period applies to any new scale requirements, sight-reading and/or aural tests, which take effect from 1 January of their year of introduction.

Practical Grades: Candidates worldwide may play set pieces from the 2016–2019 syllabus until 31 December 2020. All pieces must be from the same syllabus – candidates may not perform a mixture of pieces from the 2016–2019 and 2020–2023 syllabuses.

Please note, due to COVID-19 we are happy to extend this overlap to the first opportunity for candidates to take their exam in 2021. Special permission is no longer required. Candidates should inform the examiner, and/or indicate on the programme form, that they are playing pieces from the 2016–2019 syllabus.

Any candidate starting preparations for an exam in 2021 must use the new 2020–2023 syllabus.

Performance Grades: Candidates worldwide may play their three set pieces from the 2016–2019 syllabus until 31 December 2020. All three set pieces must be from the same syllabus – candidates may not perform a mixture of pieces from the 2016–2019 and 2020–2023 syllabuses. This restriction does not apply to the fourth, own-choice piece, which may be chosen from anywhere. NB, the Performance Grades syllabus for 2020–2023 should be followed for all other exam requirements.

Please note, due to COVID-19 we are happy to extend this overlap to the first opportunity for candidates to take their exam in 2021. Special permission is no longer required. Candidates should indicate on the programme form that they are playing pieces from the 2016–2019 syllabus.

Any candidate starting preparations for an exam in 2021 must use the new 2020–2023 syllabus.

 

The current Brass syllabus (from 2017) is valid until further notice.

Brass candidates should refer to the 2017-2020 syllabus until at least 2022. New syllabuses (Practical and Performance) are being developed for all Brass subjects but release has been delayed due to COVID-19. Further updates will be published at www.abrsm.org/syllabusupdates when available

Practical Grades: Candidates worldwide may use the 1990–2019 syllabus until 31 December 2020. All exam requirements must be from the same syllabus – candidates may not present a mixture of requirements (i.e. pieces or supporting tests) from old and new syllabuses.

Please note, due to COVID-19 we are happy to extend this overlap to the first opportunity for candidates to take their exam in 2021. Special permission is no longer required. Candidates should inform the examiner, and/or indicate on the programme form, that they are using the 1990–2019 syllabus.

Any candidate starting preparations for an exam in 2021 must use the new Percussion syllabus, available for four subjects – Snare Drum, Timpani, Tuned Percussion and Percussion (Combined). 

Performance Grades: Candidates worldwide who wish to use set pieces from the old Percussion syllabus should follow the 1990–2019 Performance Grades syllabus. As exams were disrupted due to COVID-19, and the situation for 2021 remains uncertain, the provision of this syllabus allows a candidate to take a Performance Grades exam using the repertoire they have prepared from the old Practical syllabus. This Performance Grades syllabus is valid for the first opportunity for candidates to take their exam in 2021. Special permission is not required from ABRSM. Candidates should indicate on the programme form that they are playing pieces from the 1990–2019 syllabus.

Any candidate starting preparations for an exam in 2021 must use the new Percussion syllabus, available for four subjects – Snare Drum, Timpani, Tuned Percussion and Percussion (Combined). 

 

 

 

Practical Grades – extended overlap for candidates outside the UK and Ireland

  • The original overlap period (to 31 December 2021) has been extended due to Covid.
  • Candidates may take an exam during 2021 or at the first opportunity in 2022 playing their three pieces and scales from the 2019 & 2020 syllabus.
  • All three pieces and scales must be from the same syllabus.
  • Candidates playing pieces and scales from the 2019 & 2020 syllabus should tell the examiner or write this on their programme form.
  • It will not be possible to take an exam using the 2019 & 2020 syllabus after 31 December 2022.
  • Any candidates starting to prepare for an exam in 2022 should use the 2021 & 2022 syllabus.
  • As we may not be able to offer face-to-face Practical Grades in all territories in 2022, candidates may wish to learn an extra piece and transfer to a Performance Grade. We have extended the overlap for the 2019 & 2020 Performance Grades syllabus until 30 April 2022 to allow time for this. You can check 2022 exam dates on our dates and fees page.

Performance Grades – extended overlap for candidates outside the UK and Ireland

  • The original overlap period (to 31 December 2021) has been extended due to Covid. This provides a final opportunity for candidates who were unable to book an exam before the end of 2021. In addition, as we may not be able to offer face-to-face exams in all territories in 2022, it gives candidates preparing for a Practical Grade time to learn an extra piece and transfer to a Performance Grade.
  • Candidates may play their three set pieces from the 2019 & 2020 syllabus until 30 April 2022. The submission deadline for the video recording must be on or before this date.
  • All three set pieces must be from the same syllabus.
  • The fourth, own-choice piece is not affected by overlap arrangements.
  • There will be no further extension to this overlap period as Performance Grades have been available throughout 2021.

Practical Grades

  • Candidates worldwide may play their three pieces from the 2018–2021 syllabus until 31 December 2022.
  • All three pieces must be from the same syllabus.
  • Candidates playing pieces from the 2018–2021 syllabus should tell the examiner or write this on their programme form.

Performance Grades

  • Candidates worldwide may play their three set pieces from the 2018–2021 syllabus until 31 December 2022. The submission deadline for the video recording must be on or before this date.
  • All three set pieces must be from the same syllabus.
  • The fourth, own-choice piece is not affected by overlap arrangements.

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