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Grade 5 Music Theory waiver (not applicable in the UK & Ireland)

We are extending our Grade 5 Music Theory waiver until 23 May 2021. This means that candidates with a Grade 6 to 8 Performance Grade exam submission date up to and including 23 May can take their exam without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. We are making this exceptional arrangement to allow candidates who have been unable to take an exam in recent months to progress with their learning. From 24 May, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return. For exam dates/exam submission dates after 23 May, all candidates taking a Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical Grade must first pass Grade 5 Music Theory.

Performance Grade exams

We are pleased to confirm that we will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Please check here for dates and fees. We are extending the introductory 15% discount for these exams so that it applies to all remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams in 2021. Just enter code ABPG15HK when you book using our online service. Please also read our discount information and terms and conditions here.

Diplomas

Our diplomas provide an authoritative assessment framework for a wide range of musicians, including teachers, performers and directors.

Whether you want to pursue a career in music, are currently working as a professional and wish to broaden your qualifications, or are purely after the satisfaction of achieving a personal goal, you''re sure to find a diploma that's right for you.

Our four diplomas

Our first diploma is the ARSM (Associate of the Royal Schools of Music), which bridges the gap between Grade 8 and DipABRSM. The ARSM is currently available for performance only.

For our three further diplomas, there are three subject lines: Instrumental/Vocal Teaching, Music Performance and Music Direction. Each subject line has three levels of award:

  • DipABRSM (Diploma of The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music)
  • LRSM (Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music)
  • FRSM (Fellowship of the Royal Schools of Music)

Encouraging diverse approaches to teaching, performing and directing music, the diplomas stimulate enjoyment and achievement through the progressive acquisition of skills, knowledge and understanding.

Their usefulness has been acknowledged by music services and agencies around the world. They're compatible with systems of assessment widely applied in higher education and encourage lifelong learning, without restrictions on length of study or the requirement that the candidate is taught in an institution.

Publications

Diploma resources

Piano Specimen Quick Studies

Piano Specimen Quick StudiesThis title contains valuable practice material for candidates preparing for the piano quick study in ABRSM diploma exams.

The specimen quick studies are suitable for ABRSM’s performance and teaching diplomas and are written in attractive and approachable styles that are representative of the technical level expected in the exam.


Music in Words

Music in WordsThis best selling guide has been extensively updated to remain relevant and invaluable to anyone, experienced or inexperienced, confronted by the task of writing about music - be it programme notes or thesis.

The Music in Words web resource contains additional material and links that support each of the eleven chapters in the book.

A Kindle version of the book is available to purchase from Amazon.

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