Our online service will be unavailable on Monday 21 September and Tuesday 22 September while we make some important updates. We will provide a new message here once the service is available again.

Latest exam updates

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.

ABRSM is working with Department for Education to develop new school music curriculum in England

1 year ago

ABRSM Chief Executive Mick Elliott has been appointed to the new Department for Education Expert Panel which will develop the new model music curriculum for schools in England.Minister for School Standards Nick Gibb MP and the Department for Education announced the music curriculum Expert Panel on Friday 11 January.The announcement includes £1.3million of additional funding for Music Education Hubs in England and a commitment to the refreshment of the National Music Education Plan for the next ten years.The new curriculum will be developed by a group of teachers, education leaders and musicians and will be published in summer 2019. It will provide schools with a sequenced and structured template curriculum for Key Stages 1, 2 and 3.Minister for Schools Standards Nick Gibb MP said: “Having the opportunity to study and explore music isn’t a privilege, it’s a vital part of a broad and balanced curriculum – and that’s why I’m determined that all pupils should have access to a world class music education.”Pictured: ABRSM Chief Executive Mick Elliott, behind the piano on the left, next to Minister Nick Gibb MP at Park Lane Primary School for the 2018 Classical 100 winning challenge presentationABRSM Chief Executive Mick Elliott welcomed the announcement: “Music is at the heart of the curriculum of primary and secondary schools throughout the country, where its contribution to the overall academic, educational and social achievement of thousands of children and young people, and to their wellbeing, is greatly valued.“Many of these schools, often with the support of Music Education Hubs in England, have developed excellent music provision, tailored to the needs of the pupils they serve, and to the strengths and specialisms of the workforce and expertise they have access to.“However, other schools tell us that they would welcome support in their statutory task of delivering a rich, diverse and engaging music curriculum. Support in the form of guidance on pedagogy, on content and resources, and on expected levels of attainment, all of which could helpfully be focussed through a new model music curriculum. “I therefore applaud the Minister and his Department for their commitment to initiating this project, and am pleased to commit ABRSM, with its mission of inspiring musical achievement for all, to playing its part in assisting the Expert Panel in its task.” Pictured: Lincoln Abbotts, ABRSM Executive Director conducting a music masterclass at the Classical 100 Challenge winning school assembly with Minister Nick Gibb MP seated first left next to ABRSM Chief Executive Mick ElliottThe panel will start work immediately and aims to publish the model music curriculum on www.GOV.UK by the summer this year.More information on the Department for Education Music Curriculum Expert Panel announcement and the other members appointed here: www.gov.uk/government/news/government-backs-young-musicians

Back to listing

Contact us

Any comments or questions about our news and articles? Get in touch using this form.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. By using our website, you are agreeing to our cookie policy and consent to our use of cookies. Find out more.

Close this message