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DiplomasABRSM’s diplomas provide an authoritative assessment framework for a wide range of musicians – teachers, performers and directors.

Whether you are intending 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 will find that one of our diplomas is right for you.


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.

Other diplomas

For our three further diplomas, in addition to ARSM, 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 the teaching, performing and directing of music, the diplomas stimulate enjoyment and achievement through the progressive acquisition of skills, knowledge and understanding. As a result, their usefulness has been acknowledged by music services and agencies around the world. They are 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.



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