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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.

Sight-Reading TrainerWelcome to Sight-Reading Trainer

Be smart about how you practise sight-reading with ABRSM Sight-Reading Trainer.

Our newest app helps you develop the skills to quickly spot the key features, patterns and characteristics in music before you play it. By working your way through a series of fun games you can unlock 155 brand new pieces of music.

ABRSM Sight-Reading Trainer has been designed to cover the sight-reading element of Piano exams at Grades 1-5 and is available on the App Store and Google Play.

Download ABRSM Sight-Reading Trainer and improve your sight-reading now!

What does Sight-Reading Trainer include?

Games

Each game focuses on one of the key elements of sight-reading, from recognising the key signature to spotting the time signature and tempo, helping you become a smarter sight-reader!

New material

Unlock 155 new pieces as you work your way through the games. Packed full of real ABRSM material that you won’t see anywhere else.

Track your progress

Collect stars as you go and track your progress as you work through the levels.

Make the most of your 30 seconds

In ABRSM Practical exams you have half a minute to look at a piece of sight-reading before you play it. Learn how to stay calm, know what to look out for and have fun preparing for your next exam.

How can I use Sight-Reading Trainer?

Work your way through the following games to unlock 155 brand-new pieces of sight-reading.

Rhythm match

You will see four rhythms taken from a piece of sight-reading. When you think you hear one of them you answer by selecting it in a grid as fast as you can.

Benefit: be able to quickly spot and play rhythms that are often reused throughout a piece of music.

Pitch patterns

Concentrate on a highlighted section of music looking carefully at the notes, then answer five questions about them when the music is removed.

Benefit: quickly recognise pitch patterns in music.

Quick fire five

Look at a piece of music for 30 seconds and try and take in as much information about it as you can. Then answer five questions about the music’s key features.

Benefit: learn to internalise the key features of music before you start sight-reading it.

What’s the difference?

Take some time to look over two pieces of music. There are two differences in the second version but what and where are they?

Benefit: be able to scan a piece of music for key features before sight-reading it.

Download Sight-Reading Trainer

Available on the iTunes App Store

Get it on Google Play

Sight-Reading Trainer

With Sight-Reading Trainer you can:

  • Quickly identify key musical features
  • Unlock 155 new pieces of sight-reading
  • Make practising sight-reading fun
  • Prepare for Piano exams at Grades 1-5

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