Latest exam updates

Music Theory June 2021 exam update

Unfortunately, in line with government guidelines, the Music Theory 6-8 paper exams have been cancelled for June 2021 due to COVID-19.

Performance Grade exams

We are pleased to confirm that we will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Please check our Dates and Fees page for details.

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.

Working with the Music Education Council

The Music Education Council (MEC) brings together organisations and institutions in the UK involved in music education and music education training, creating opportunities for the exchange of information and the promotion of joint or connected activities.

As the umbrella body for music education organisations in the UK and the country's representative body for the International Society for Music Education (ISME) and other international organisations, MEC is uniquely placed to represent the sector. ABRSM is represented as part of the MEC Forum, which oversees and coordinates the work of the MEC Special Interest Groups and the Task and Finish Groups. Lincoln Abbotts, ABRSM's Executive Director: Strategic development, acts as a trustee.

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