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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.

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ABRSM releases new resources for singers

2 years ago


ABRSM has today (26 October) expanded its Songbook Series with the addition of five Songbook Plus books for Grades 1 to 5. Complementing the existing Songbooks, the five new books contain a diverse selection of songs, from core classics to songs from stage and screen. They Include fresh new arrangements, newly commissioned editions and English singing translations, plus notes on the songs to aid practice and performance. The books give teachers and candidates access to even more ABRSM repertoire in one place and songs from both the Songbook and Songbook Plus series feature on the ABRSM Singing Syllabus from 2018. The Songbook Plus books are available online from www.abrsm.org/songbooks or from local music retailers. Prices range from £8.95 to £10.95.

Practice app

ABRSM will also add to its Practice Partner series with an app for singing. The app is a useful motivational tool for students to use in lessons or practice sessions, and will be available for Grades 1 to 5. Singing Practice Partner allows users to transpose all 66 piano accompaniments from the new Songbook Plus series into all 12 keys and practice at a tempo that suits them. The Singing Practice Partner app is available to download for free, with in-app purchases of the accompaniment tracks on both Apple and Android devices.
www.abrsm.org/singingpracticepartner

Audio downloads

All 66 piano accompaniments from the new Songbook Plus series are available to download in the published key from www.abrsmdownloads.org, iTunes or Google Play. To find out more about the ABRSM Singing Syllabus from 2018, visit www.abrsm.org/singing2018

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