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.

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 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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Gabriel Lee’s online teaching tips

Gabriel Lee is well accustomed to teaching online. As a music educator, Gabriel seeks to innovate and incorporate technology in 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.


An introduction to Zoom for online music 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.


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.


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.

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