Latest exam updates

Performance Grades: Booking for June Performance Grades is open now until 13 May.

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 our Dates and Fees page for details.

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.

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Get Playing with Nikki Iles

Nikki Iles & Friends is a collection of original compositions and new arrangements for piano written by Nikki Iles and her friends from the world of jazz.

BBC Teach – Bring the Noise!

The BBC have put together a range of free, fun and simple online music resources that can be used flexibly at home or in the classroom.

Adjusting to an online teaching format

Over the last 10 months or so, many things have changed drastically within a very short period of time. We’ve had to make 360 degree changes to the way we live, and work.” In this final video Gabriel seeks to innovate and incorporate technology into his teaching.

An introduction to Zoom for online lessons

There is a range of video conferencing software available, and Zoom is one of the most commonly used for online lessons, but it is not the only one available. Gabriel Lee shares his insights into some of the practicalities of teaching online.

Orchestras for All's Modulo Programme is now free to all state schools!

National music education charity Orchestras for All (OFA) has announced that for one year only, access to their transformative Modulo Programme for state secondary schools will be free of charge to all participants.

Using Zoom for online music lessons

ABRSM staff who teach in their spare time found this article useful, explaining how to change settings on Zoom to cater slightly better for the needs of music lessons.

Transitioning to online teaching

ISM member and music teacher (harp, piano and whistle) Pippa Reid-Foster sets out her steps for transitioning to online teaching so you can use her experience as your starting point.

Copyright – where you stand as an online musician

Many musicians have been taking advantage of online technology to carry on earning a living through their musical activities during the COVID-19 pandemic

Using iPads in music making

The Drake Music Think22 team have been working hard on creating a free guide to using iPads as instruments for creative music-making.

Can slow practice ever be exciting?

Most pupils equate slow with boring. But if we can help those pupils to enjoy a bit more active engagement with their practice, we can begin to change this age-old attitude.

Taking Root

ABRSM has music at its core. In this article, our colleagues Philippa and Lincoln talk about how we engage and support the freelance workforce.

Ground-breaking research into the impact of Covid-19 on musical instruments and singing

The MIA hosted a hugely informative webinar on 25 February 2021 on Music Instrument Disinfection and Wind Instrument Aerosol Production during COVID-19.

What’s the best thing about being in an orchestra?

Orchestras for All has launched a brand new Music Leadership Training Programme – an inspiring set of resources specially designed to boost the skills of music leaders and teachers working in state secondary schools, music hubs /services and community music contexts.

The ABRSM International Sponsorship Fund 2021 – now open!

ABRSM remains committed to supporting the musical education of those communities that need it the most and so we are delighted to announce that the ISF 2021 is now receiving applications.

Maximising the value of your online music lessons

Gabriel Lee is well accustomed to teaching online. As a music educator, Gabriel has been teaching all of his students online for five years. In this film he shares three ideas that have worked for his teaching.

How to set up your home studio for online music lessons

Gabriel Lee is well accustomed to teaching online. As a music educator, Gabriel seeks to innovate and incorporate technology into his teaching. This is the first film in a series of four that we’ll be sharing.

Working from home: Staying healthy and managing your energy

James Collins is a leading Sport and Exercise Nutritionist, whose practice is based in Harley Street, London. He is also a columnist for The Telegraph and a consultant for the BBC.

Sing Up home schooling resources

With so many children and young people now staying at home, Sing Up wants to ensure that they are still able to experience the benefits of singing.

Choosing the right platform for your online teaching

In this short article, the ISM take you through four of the most commonly used platforms for online teaching. When selecting which platform to use, we recommend that you take reliability into account.

An effective practitioner is a reflective practitioner

The Becoming a Better Music Teacher course provides ideas on how to improve your teaching strategies and skills. Join us from April 6th for this online course.

Becoming an online musician

ISM member, classical guitarist and teacher Craig Ogden shares his experiences of moving to performing and teaching online since COVID-19 hit the UK.

The importance of internalising music

In this short film, teacher and ABRSM examiner Louise Matthew talks about why it’s important to internalise music when you’re learning a piece.

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