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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.

Welcome to Piano Sight Reading Trainer

Be smart about how you practise sight-reading with Piano Sight Reading Trainer.

Our newest app helps you develop the skills to quickly spot the key features, patterns and characteristics in music before you play it. By working your way through a series of fun games you can unlock 155 brand new pieces of music.

ABRSM Piano Sight Reading Trainer has been designed to cover the sight-reading element of Piano exams at Grades 1-5 and is available on the App Store and Google Play.

Download ABRSM Piano Sight Reading Trainer and improve your sight-reading now!

What does Piano Sight Reading Trainer include?

Games

Each game focuses on one of the key elements of sight-reading, from recognising the key signature to spotting the time signature and tempo, helping you become a smarter sight-reader!

New material

Unlock 155 new pieces as you work your way through the games. Packed full of real ABRSM material that you won’t see anywhere else.

Track your progress

Collect stars as you go and track your progress as you work through the levels.

Make the most of your 30 seconds

In ABRSM Practical exams you have half a minute to look at a piece of sight-reading before you play it. Learn how to stay calm, know what to look out for and have fun preparing for your next exam.

How can I use Piano Sight Reading Trainer?

Work your way through the following games to unlock 155 brand-new pieces of sight-reading.

Rhythm match

You will see four rhythms taken from a piece of sight-reading. When you think you hear one of them you answer by selecting it in a grid as fast as you can.

Benefit: be able to quickly spot and play rhythms that are often reused throughout a piece of music.

Pitch patterns

Concentrate on a highlighted section of music looking carefully at the notes, then answer five questions about them when the music is removed.

Benefit: quickly recognise pitch patterns in music.

Quick fire five

Look at a piece of music for 30 seconds and try and take in as much information about it as you can. Then answer five questions about the music’s key features.

Benefit: learn to internalise the key features of music before you start sight-reading it.

What’s the difference?

Take some time to look over two pieces of music. There are two differences in the second version but what and where are they?

Benefit: be able to scan a piece of music for key features before sight-reading it.

    

Download Piano Sight Reading Trainer

Available on the iTunes App Store

Get it on Google Play

Piano Sight Reading Trainer

With Piano Sight-Reading Trainer you can:

  • Quickly identify key musical features
  • Unlock 155 new pieces of sight-reading
  • Make practising sight-reading fun
  • Prepare for Piano exams at Grades 1-5

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