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.

Music in Words: A Guide to Researching and Writing about Music by Trevor Herbert

Welcome, this is the Music in Words UK web resource. It contains samples of the book for those who are not familiar with its content, and additional material and links that support each of the eleven chapters in the book.

The site serves both the printed book and the various electronic versions.

Chapter pages

There are specific pages for each chapter in the book. They contain additional reading lists and links to internet sites. These are all external sites, so while they are recommended as relevant to the subject of any given chapter, ABRSM is not responsible for their content.

The Resource Collection

As well as the chapter-specific pages, there is a Resource Collection containing links to several useful free websites.

What this resource seeks to do

Much of the content of this resource is aimed at providing a clear focus for the use of the internet for researching and writing about music. For this reason, the number of sites for which links are provided is deliberately limited. It is also intended that you should spend some time understanding the recommended sites and not merely browsing them. They have been chosen because their content is interesting and generally reliable, and because there is evidence that they have been constructed so that the process of using them is easy and productive.

Taking time to understand the recommended sites is an important point because it chimes with the most progressive ideas about the way that the internet can help researchers and writers. These ideas emphasise the fact that electronic resources do not just extend the amount of information that is available about a given subject, but also involve processes (electronic searches, for example) that reveal connections, relationships and meanings that might not otherwise be evident. So do take time to really explore the sites that are suggested.

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