Latest exam updates

Performance Grades: Booking for June Performance Grades is open now until 13 May.

Performance Grade exams

We are now offering Performance Grade exams every month. Please check here for dates and fees. 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 ABPG15ID when you book. Please also read our terms and conditions here.

Performance Grades discount: system error

We currently have an error in our systems relating to discount codes. When you add the code your order summary will show that 15% has been added to the total, not taken away. However, the 15% discount will be applied to your booking and the correct total will appear at the top of the next screen before you pay. We're working to fix this and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Grade 5 Music Theory waiver (not applicable in the UK & Ireland)

We are extending our Grade 5 Music Theory waiver until 23 May 2021. This means that candidates with a Grade 6 to 8 Performance Grade exam submission date up to and including 23 May can take their exam without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. We are making this exceptional arrangement to allow candidates who have been unable to take an exam in recent months to progress with their learning. From 24 May, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return. For exam dates/exam submission dates after 23 May, all candidates taking a Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical Grade must first pass Grade 5 Music Theory.

Becoming a Better Music Teacher – your reviews

With over 20,000 enrolments since it began, this free online course is now available regularly and sits at the heart of our online teacher support and CPD programme.

Really helpful and enjoyable course. Some great ideas for future lessons, tips for self analysis and improvement, and a huge amount of well thought-out material. Also reassuring to see some techniques I already use too - helps to know you're on the right track sometimes too!

I really enjoyed the online course as it confirmed I’m doing a good job on so many levels but also gave me some angles to consider that I hadn’t before. The printable sheets I have used in lessons since too. Having online group chats with other teachers & reading their suggestions was nice too. I would recommend spending the time to do it whatever stage of teaching you’re at.

I was very keen to do this course and impressed with the amount of information available. You never stop learning and as a teacher it is important to keep up to date. It was also good to be able to see the comments from other teachers as sharing ideas is also important. I would thoroughly recommend it.

These are just some of the positive comments we’ve received about our course, Becoming a Better Music Teacher. Our next course begins on 10 August and you can register online now: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/becoming-a-better-music-teacher?utm_campaign=abrsm_becoming_a_better_music_teacher_june_2020&utm_medium=organic_blog&utm_source=blog

Want a taster of the course? Here’s Chief Examiner, John Holmes to introduce the course.

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