Latest exam updates

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) – we will not be offering these exams in March. The next exams at Grades 6 to 8 will be in June 2021.
  • 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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Performance Grade booking

The next booking period for remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams opens in February. For details, see our dates and fees page.

Supporting music making around the world

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We’ve just awarded eight new grants from our annual International Sponsorship Fund to a diverse range of music education organisations around the world.
This year’s fund is going to organisations in Australia, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Qatar and South Africa. The variety of activities is enormous. Some are focused on widening musical and educational opportunities: South Africa’s Access Music Project is giving young people opportunities for ensemble learning; the Ensámble de Percusión Costa Rica UNED is delivering valuable outreach projects; Child’s Play India Foundation is running a ‘cello project with disadvantaged children in Goa; and the Mangrove Music Initiative is nurturing community music making in Indonesia. Other projects are more about developing and sharing expertise. In Qatar we’re funding the Qatar Music Academy so they can bring in an internationally recognised conductor to work with their youth orchestra, in Australia we’re supporting Mount Pleasant College’s Early Music masterclasses, and our grant to the Penang Jazz Society is allowing them to run a jazz camp for local musicians. Encouraging and rewarding excellence is another strand, with the BritchamDR Young Musician of the Caribbean Award providing a new opportunity to discover and celebrate the music talent of the region.We’re delighted to be supporting all our International Sponsorship Fund 2019 recipients and look forward to sharing news and updates from them throughout the year. The ABRSM International Sponsorship Fund was created in 2012 and allows us to support a wide range of organisations, outside the UK and Ireland, that are inspiring musical achievement. Find out more here.

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