Latest exam updates

Exam refunds

To support customers affected by ongoing COVID restrictions, for Practical and Performance Grade exams from 1st January to 31st May 2021 any absent candidate will automatically receive a refund. This includes Performance Grades where the candidate has been unable to record and upload their video. You do not need to contact us to request a refund. However, it will help us if you can log in to your account and cancel the exam. Find out more: https://www.abrsm.org/en/latestupdates

For Online Music Theory exams and any paper based exams taking place outside of the UK/Ireland we anticipate COVID restrictions will not prevent candidates from sitting their exam so absentee candidate will not automatically receive a refund and our normal Withdrawal, non-attendance and fee refunds policy still applies.

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) – the next exams will take place in June. Please note, dates and booking periods for Grades 1-5 and Grades 6-8 may be different from now on. For full details, see our dates and fees page.
  • 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

We will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Exact dates will be announced soon. Please check here for more information.

We support music education globally

We reinvest in music education through a number of different initiatives. We provide individual scholarships, we support national organisations and community projects both in the UK and internationally. We also contribute to the body of research that provides insight into music teaching and learning, the barriers to musical progress and changes that are happening over time.

We believe that working together with others brings the best value for everyone involved in learning, teaching and performing music. We collaborate with our partners to develop skills, resources and leadership in the sector, to open up access and opportunity to progress, to drive diversity and inclusion, and to be champions for music learning in all its forms.

How we do it

As Classic FM's partner in music education, we jointly aim to raise the profile of music teaching and support teachers. Initiatives have included Shine (our 2017 free event celebrating music teaching and learning) and Classical 100 (a free online resource for UK primary schools).

With support from Arts Council England, we set up the Music Commission, a fundamental review of how to best support progression in music. We've also worked with Music Mark and the Greater London Authority to develop Learn Music London, a free online guide to help parents find music-learning opportunities for their children.

We help to ensure that musicians are equipped with the confidence and skills to convey their artistic ideas and direct ensembles, so that they're ready to inspire and nurture the next generation of musicians. We've worked with Southbank Sinfonia on their audience-engagement programme, and we continue to support the Royal Philharmonic Society's Women Conductors programme.

We're extremely proud of our work with the National Youth ensembles. We sponsor the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and the National Open Youth Orchestra, as well as the National Children's Orchestras, the National Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain. These organisations deliver carefully designed education programmes that bring excellent musical opportunities to a wide range of young people via their work with schools and music hubs. Our International Sponsorship Fund directly supports similar initiatives globally.

Music provides opportunities to collaborate and communicate, experiment and enjoy, at all stages and in all styles. To highlight this, we seek to work more with organisations that reach beyond classical repertoire and have a focus on inclusivity and diversity. We’re excited to be a founding sponsor of The National Open Youth Orchestra, that collaborates with cutting-edge composers to create exciting new music for a diverse range of musicians and instruments and to sponsor Tinderbox whose mission is to combine high-quality experimental work with a drive to be inclusive, and create original, exciting works. 

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