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Practical Exams Update – Italy

We appreciate how much the cancellation of our exams has affected learners and we are working hard on solutions to ensure learners can gain their qualifications at the earliest opportunity.

However, on the basis of official UK Government advice, due to Covid-19, ABRSM has made the decision to cancel all Practical Exams in Italy until further notice. This decision affects all 2020 Practical Exams, ARSM and Diplomas. Following this decision, we will process refunds for all existing exam bookings and we will provide further detailed guidance on this process including timescales soon.

We are sorry for the impact on teachers and candidates and thank you for your loyalty and support while these restrictions remain in place. We are continuing to review when live Practical exams can resume in Italy and will offer them again at the earliest possible opportunity.

Our new remotely-assessed Performance Grades provide  an alternative progression route for students during this period of disruption. The Performance Grades are equivalent to our Practical Grades in demand, recognition and value. They are based on the same repertoire and syllabuses, assessment criteria and quality assurance measures as our existing exams and will be assessed by the same highly trained examiners. Booking will open in Italy before the end of the year and you can record your video submission any time from now on. Find out more here.

The partnership of five

Our relationship with the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Royal Northern College of Music is something we're extremely proud of.

We work together to further ABRSM’s mission to inspire achievement in music, and to invest in the next generation of teachers, performers, composers and leaders. 

 


Royal Academy of Music
Royal Academy of Music

The Royal Academy of Music has been training musicians to the highest professional standards since its foundation in 1822. ABRSM's donations to the Academy support individual scholars as well as outreach projects such as Open Academy. ABRSM also supports the Academyâs calendar of performances throughout the year.


Royal College of Music
Royal College of Music

The Royal College of Music in London's South Kensington is a world-leading music conservatoire with a prestigious history and contemporary outlook. ABRSMâs financial contribution provides vital student support through the College's extensive scholarships programme and its pioneering professional development hub, the Creative Careers Centre.


Royal Northern College of Music
Royal Northern College of Music

The Royal Northern College of Music was formed in 1973 from the merger of the Royal Manchester College of Music with the Northern School of Music. ABRSM's annual donations have enabled the College to develop key initiatives over the years that directly benefit students and boost their employability.


Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has over 170 years of performing-arts education experience and is Scotland's national centre of professional vocational training in this the performing arts. ABRSM's donations contribute towards their initiatives to widen their opportunities to reach even higher numbers of potential entrants.

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