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Practical Session 2 Update - Bahrain

We appreciate how much the cancellation of our exams has affected learners and we are working hard on solutions to ensure learners can gain their qualifications at the earliest opportunity.

However, on the basis of official and local advice we will be cancelling Session 2 Practical exams scheduled for November-December. We are very sorry for the impact on teachers and candidates and we will continue to monitor the situation. Thank you for your loyalty and support while these restrictions remain in place.

We will be gradually rolling out remotely-assessed Performance Grades and will share exam dates and booking periods soon

Music Theory exam update – session 3

On the basis of government advice, we are cancelling the Music Theory exams due to take place later in 2020. We are sorry for any inconvenience and thank you for your ongoing loyalty and support.

Welcome to Piano Practice Partner

Piano Practice Partner is a simple way to make practising pieces for your ABRSM exam more musical, enjoyable and rewarding. The new repertoire from the Piano Exam Pieces (Piano syllabus 2021 & 2022), including Initial Grade, will feature in the app from 9 July 2020.

Pieces from earlier syllabuses are also available in the app:

  • 2019 & 2020 syllabus
    • All pieces from the ABRSM Piano Exam Pieces books for Grades 1-8.
    • All other (alternative) pieces from the ABRSM Piano Syllabus for Grades 1-8.
  • 2017 & 2018 syllabus
    • All pieces from the ABRSM Piano Exam Pieces books for Grades 1-8.
  • 2015 & 2016 syllabus
    • All pieces from the ABRSM Piano Exam Pieces books for Grades 1-3.
    • All other (alternative) pieces from the ABRSM Piano Syllabus for Grades 1-3.

What is Piano Practice Partner?

Piano Practice Partner helps you by playing one hand so you can play the other as you learn. Using Piano Practice Partner also enables slow practice, one hand at a time, while still retaining the musicality of the recorded performance. It's as if a professional pianist is sitting next to you as you practise!

Piano Practice Partner is available for iOS and Android devices in both smartphone and tablet versions, from iTunes and Google Play. The app comes with three free examples from a range of grades.

How might I use Piano Practice Partner?

Piano Practice Partner lets you play along with real musicians’ performances, exactly as recorded or at a reduced tempo.

Use the ABRSM Piano Practice Partner to:

  • Practise each hand separately to improve your fluency – focus on your left hand technique while Practice Partner plays the right hand, for example.
  • Make practice more musical and enjoyable by having a virtual partner to play along with.
  • Personalise it! Choose from over 20 different hands to customise your Practice Partner.
  • Improve your control and general piano technique, helping you to become a more fluent pianist.
  • Improve your sense of pulse! Use the unique guide function to help you count rests and tempo adjustments.
  • Slow down or speed up the music to a tempo that suits you, for slow careful practice.
  • Set loops to repeat parts of your piece if you need to focus on one section.
  • Learn to memorise your music for more secure performances.

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