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Grade 5 Music Theory waiver (not applicable in the UK & Ireland)

We are extending our Grade 5 Music Theory waiver until 23 May 2021. This means that candidates with a Grade 6 to 8 Performance Grade exam submission date up to and including 23 May can take their exam without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. We are making this exceptional arrangement to allow candidates who have been unable to take an exam in recent months to progress with their learning. From 24 May, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return. For exam dates/exam submission dates after 23 May, all candidates taking a Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical Grade must first pass Grade 5 Music Theory.

Performance Grade exams

We are pleased to confirm that we will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Please check here for dates and fees. We are extending the introductory 15% discount for these exams so that it applies to all remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams in 2021. Just enter code ABPG15VN when you book using our online service. Please also read our discount information and terms and conditions here.

About our exams

We have designed our graded music exams to motivate instrumental and singing students of all ages and a wide range of abilities.

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Are exams right for my child?

If your child is working hard to make progress with their music, they need a way to recognise their success and reassurance that they're on the right track.

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Choosing the right instrument

Learning an instrument in childhood can spark a lifelong love for music. So how do you make the choice? We can help.

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Supporting your child on exam day

Tips and advice on how you can best support your child before and after the exam aswell as the day itself.

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Helping your child practice

As a parent you will want to do all you can to aid your child’s musical development and a key part of this is encouraging your child to practice.

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Apps & Practice tools

Our award winning app and practice tools can help maximise your child's chances of exam success.

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