Latest exam updates

Performance Grade booking

Booking for remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams opens on Tuesday 1 December and closes on Tuesday 8 December. This is when you can book submission dates during our 5 to 31 January exam session. We have a set number of exam slots available, so please book early for the widest choice of dates. Find out more about Performance Grades.

COVID updates

We will contact you if your exams have been affected by COVID. For the latest information, and to check which venues have closed, please visit our Latest updates page

Current Exam Session: Late Booking and Rescheduling Exams

Thank you to everyone who’s booked exams. To help you with your exam arrangements at this exceptionally busy time, please be aware that there are number of services available to you by logging in to your ABRSM account. Find out more.

Music Performance

We offer four diplomas after Grade 8.

Performance-only diploma (ARSM)

Our performance-only exam, ARSM, is independent of our suite of three Music Performance diplomas. The ARSM bridges the gap between Grade 8 and DipABRSM.


Music Performance diplomas (DipABRSM, LRSM and FRSM)

The three levels of Music Performance diplomas are designed to reflect your day-to-day experience as a performer, whether amateur or professional.

The tasks include compiling a balanced recital programme and finding editions that best suit your interpretation, talking with confidence about the music, and putting on the best possible performance on the day.

As well as demonstrating your skills as a soloist, from LRSM level there's the opportunity for you to specialise as an orchestral player, chamber ensemble member or keyboard accompanist. There are also options at all three levels to perform on an instrument related to your main instrument for a part of your recital and to perform repertoire of your own choice.

Publications

Diploma resources

Piano Specimen Quick Studies

Piano Specimen Quick StudiesThis title contains valuable practice material for candidates preparing for the piano quick study in ABRSM diploma exams.

The specimen quick studies are suitable for ABRSM’s performance and teaching diplomas and are written in attractive and approachable styles that are representative of the technical level expected in the exam.


Music in Words

Music in WordsThis best selling guide has been extensively updated to remain relevant and invaluable to anyone, experienced or inexperienced, confronted by the task of writing about music - be it programme notes or thesis.

The Music in Words web resource contains additional material and links that support each of the eleven chapters in the book.

A Kindle version of the book is available to purchase from Amazon.

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