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Music Theory exams – March 2021

  • Online Music Theory exams (Grades 1 to 5) – we are cancelling the online exams planned for 16 March. Exams in May and June will go ahead as planned.
  • Paper Music Theory exams (Grades 6 to 8) – we will not be offering these exams in March. The next exams at Grades 6 to 8 will be in June 2021.
  • Grade 5 Music Theory requirement - from 1 January to 30 April 2021 only, candidates can take Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical exams without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. From 1 May 2021, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return with flexibility about timing.

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Performance Grade booking

The next booking period for remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams opens in February. For details, see our dates and fees page.

Up Sticks by Clive Malabar

Up Sticks appears in the ABRSM Percussion Syllabus at Grade 7. Clive Malabar, the composer, began the piece by improvising a few rhythms and incorporating different sounds using the sticks and various parts of the drum. The finished piece contains elements of jazz/funk with syncopations and uneven time signatures such as 7/8.

There should be an improvised feel to the piece but with an underlying groove throughout and a sense of fun and exuberance! Have you played this piece or another Snare Drum piece from Percussion Syllabus? Let us know by sending an email to [email protected]

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