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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.

Free resource for schools

Music teachers are increasingly charged with creating ambitious, surprising, unexpected musical collaborations: for beginner and experienced players; using electric and acoustic, Western and non-Western instrumentation; and for a variety of ensembles. It can be difficult to find music that's flexible enough for these increasingly eclectic groups, but ABRSM has a solution for it – wherever you are in the world!

Introducing Group Loops

Group Loops is a free online platform that gives you fun, flexible repertoire, always suiting the needs of your class. Making music together just got a whole lot easier.

How does it work?
  1. Set up your class or music group
  2. Add your students, their instruments and ability
  3. Choose a piece to play
  4. Print out the customised parts for you and your class
  5. Enjoy making music!

 

“I’m interested in finding material that music teachers want to use and that young people want to play. The one-page score from Group Loops enables you to do that. What ABRSM have really nailed with this is the way you can connect traditional materials, techniques and learning with newer, creative approaches to music making.” – Tim Steiner, composer and conductor specialising in devised and collaborative performance

Group Loops is powered by ABRSM.

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