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Practical Update 

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 due to COVID-19, we have made the decision to cancel all Practical exams in Hong Kong until further notice. This decision affects all 2020 bookings for Graded Music Exams, ARSM, Diploma, Choral Singing and Ensemble exams, but does not currently affect any bookings for Music Theory exams. Following this decision, we will process 100% refunds for all existing Practical exam bookings and our Representatives will provide further guidance in due course.

We are sorry for the impact on teachers and candidates and thank you for your loyalty and support while these restrictions remain in place. We are continuing to review when live Practical exams can resume in Hong Kong and will offer them again at the earliest possible opportunity.

Our new remotely-assessed Performance Grades provide an alternative progression route for students during this period of disruption. The Performance Grades are equivalent to our Practical Grades in demand, recognition and value. They are based on the same repertoire and syllabuses, assessment criteria and quality assurance measures as our existing exams and will be assessed by the same highly trained examiners. Booking will open in Hong Kong before the end of the year and you can record your video submission any time from now on. Find out more here.

Our approach to the new model music curriculum

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We are delighted to have won the contract to assist DfE in the drafting of the new non-statutory Model Music Curriculum. We are looking forward to working with DfE in their development of this project, drawing upon the expertise of ABRSM’s wider community of musicians, teachers, academics and examiners.ABRSM is committed to working in partnership with others to help schools and classroom teachers to improve the quality and accessibility of music education across the UK and beyond. This model music curriculum, for use in primary and secondary schools in England, will cover Key Stages 1 to 3 and have an impact on pupils up to the age of 14. We believe this initiative will make a positive difference to the learning and teaching of music in our schools.The aim of the model curriculum, due for publication in the summer, is to provide schools with a practical, structured framework on which they can base their own programmes of study. ABRSM’s specific role is to facilitate the preparation of this resource with input from the wider music education sector and we have assembled a team of music education experts who have extensive knowledge of teaching at the relevant levels – Key Stages 1 to 3. We will be working under the direction and oversight of a panel of 14 music educators, appointed by DfE. We trust that the model music curriculum will assist the Department to more clearly identify subsequent policy and action that will improve access to, and progression in, music education.We’re still at the early stages of this immensely exciting piece of work. We’ll keep you updated as and when we have more to share.www.gov.uk/government/news/government-backs-young-musicians


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