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 National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

ABRSM is the major sponsor of of the NYO Inspire programme, established by the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO) to provide opportunities for dedicated teenage musicians.

We're proud to support NYO Inspire as it provides breakthrough experiences through orchestral music to teenagers of all backgrounds. The Inspire Orchestra, Inspire Ensemble and Inspire Days provide players of Grade 6+ standard with the opportunity to engage in peer-to-peer learning with NYO musicians. This helps them to understand the demands of orchestral playing and provides clear progression routes to further opportunities, including becoming an NYO member.

My NYO Inspire Story: Deronne

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