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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.

Have fun with scales!

Scales TrainerScales Trainer transforms the way you learn scales and arpeggios for Piano and Violin Grades 1 to 5. It contains everything your students need to develop their learning and appreciation of scales whilst injecting fun into practice sessions.

Simply download the app, select your instrument and grade and you’re ready to begin your scales practice.

What is Scales Trainer?

Scales Trainer is an iOS app for teachers and learners to increase their fluency with ABRSM scales and arpeggios requirements. It has been designed to tackle the boredom and repetitiveness often associated with typical scales practice.

Developed by ABRSM, this useful tool features a variety of fun musical challenges to help users learn scales and prepare effectively for our exams. Using unique and creative workouts, it helps build confidence playing scales and arpeggios from memory and improve overall technique.

How can I use Scales Trainer?

Scales TrainerScales Trainer is a flexible tool that can be used by learners at home or by teachers and students together in lessons. Its interactive nature means you can play along with your instrument and develop your skills effectively as you practise.

Within the app you can refer to notation and listen to example performances of every scale and arpeggio at Grades 1 to 5. What’s more, throughout the app you can listen to or play scales at exam tempo or choose to slow them down or speed them up as you increase in confidence.

You might find the app useful to track your progress and monitor which scales you need to focus on. By recording your scales and arpeggios, and comparing them to examples, you’re encouraged to listen and reflect critically, rate your practice and keep an eye on your progress.

Most importantly, the app can be used to inject fun into practice and celebrate the importance of scales in relation to making music. Use the on-board Scales Trainer band to perform your scales and arpeggios along to a variety of accompaniment styles!

Finally, a built-in quiz function allows you to take a break from routine practice and test yourself randomly on ABRSM requirements for your grade.

 

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