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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.

Woodwind Practice Partners

Make practising pieces for your ABRSM exam more musical, fun and effective. Play along with the accompaniment, the solo part or both together. Change the tempo of the piece without altering the pitch – perfect for students who want to practise at their own pace. Available for Flute and Clarinet at Grades 1–7 and Alto Saxophone at Grades 1–5.

Clarinet Practice Partner

Clarinet Practice Partner lets you practise the Clarinet exam pieces at Grades 1–7 along with the accompaniment, solo part or both together. Slow down or speed up the music to practise at a tempo that suits you and set loops around tricky passages. Clarinet Practice Partner is free to download, with in-app purchases available for each individual piece or selections for each grade.

Flute Practice Partner

Flute Practice Partner lets you practise the Flute exam pieces at Grades 1–7 along with the accompaniment, solo part or both together. Slow down or speed up the music to practise at a tempo that suits you and set loops around tricky passages. Flute Practice Partner is free to download, with in-app purchases available for each individual piece or selections for each grade.

Visit our guidance and support pages for help using the app.

Saxophone Practice Partner

Saxophone Practice Partner lets you practise the Alto Saxophone exam pieces at Grades 1–5 along with the accompaniment, solo part or both together. Slow down or speed up the music to practise at a tempo that suits you and set loops around tricky passages. Saxophone Practice Partner is free to download, with in-app purchases available for each individual piece or selections for each grade.

Visit our guidance and support pages for help using the app.

How can I use Woodwind Practice Partners?

Clarinet, Flute and Saxophone Practice Partners let you play along with real musicians’ performances, exactly as recorded, or at a reduced tempo. The app will help you to:

  • Become familiar with the accompaniment and understand how the solo line fits with the piano part for more secure performances
  • Slow down or speed up the music to a tempo that suits you – ideal for slow, careful practice
  • Listen closely to the solo part in isolation to hear every detail of the expert performance
  • Repeat tricky passages by setting loops around them

How do I download it?

Clarinet, Flute and Saxophone Practice Partners are available for iOS and Android™ devices in both smartphone and tablet versions from iTunes and Google Play. The apps are free and come with one example piece from the Woodwind Grade 1 syllabus 2018–2021, with in-app purchases available for each individual piece or selections for each grade.

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