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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.
Duet - This is a fantastic piece for Double Bass players featured in our book Time Pieces for Double Bass Volume 1.
To celebrate the launch of our Piano syllabus for 2021 & 2022, we are thrilled to share this video of Konya Kanneh-Mason performing one of the brilliant new pieces from Grade 4.
Chelsea Carmichael, Artistic Director of the Jazz Messengers, reflects on collaborative leadership, making jazz relevant for the younger generation.
Shania shares her top tips for beginner musicians. ABRSM helps young musicians like Shania through a fund to support their music making, in partnership with the National Youth Arts Trust (NYAT).
Katie Chatburn, lecturer in popular music at the Royal Northern College of Music, talks about the barriers women face in the industry and shares her advice on how to succeed as a budding pop musician.
More than 700 musicians, from infant school pupils to retirees, have united virtually from around the world for an online performance of the Disney song, ‘How Far I’ll Go’, to mark international Make Music Day 2020 on Sunday 21 June.
Meet Alessia, director of The Dhow Countries Music Academy (DCMA), recipient of the ABRSM International Sponsorship Fund 2020.
Performed by Rob Burton (alto saxophone) & Konya Kanneh-Mason (piano), both students at the Royal Academy of Music, Faure’s Après un rêve is a Grade 5 piece from our 2018-2021 Saxophone syllabus.
This beautiful piece performed by Gary Ryan, features in the ABRSM Guitar syllabus from 2019 at Grade 8
Guy Johnston (cello) and Tom Poster (piano accompaniment) perform Danse Rustique, by Squire.
Case Notes, winner of the British Podcast Awards' ’Best True Crime Podcast’, is a true crime podcast like no other.
On Piano Day in 2019, Christian Henson founded Pianobook: a collective sample project that brings together likeminded music makers to share their stories through the pianos they use, admire and are inspired by.