Latest exam updates

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. If you receive an email asking for your proof of prerequisite, please ignore this. We will still release any results in line with the arrangements outlined here.

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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.

Working with the National Children's Orchestras of Great Britain

The National Children's Orchestras (NCO) exists to inspire children and young people from all backgrounds to achieve their full potential through learning and performing orchestral music.

It takes over 600 children into its programme each year and aims to ensure that all exceptional children aged 7-14 have an opportunity to access its programme, irrespective of financial means, background or location. This is delivered in part via a bursary scheme and also via their network of regional orchestras.

ABRSM supports the NCO's new vision for music education through the medium of orchestral experience. The NCO's evolving approach to children's musical development resonates with what we believe should be the foundation of future training programmes.

We support the belief that creativity and well-being of young players should be central to their musical experience. This pedagogical approach nurtures their skills and confidence, and gives them the agency to develop and to enjoy music in many different ways, regardless of genre or professional ambitions.

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