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Update 8 July 2020 – Music Exams


Unfortunately, there is still uncertainty around how and when we can begin to offer face-to-face Practical Grade exams, including Grades 1-8, ARSM and Diplomas. We recognise that the worldwide response to the coronavirus pandemic will continue to disrupt travel and large gatherings of candidates. We are monitoring the situation and doing all we can to get these exams up and running again. However, everything we do must be in line with guidance from both your government and the UK government to ensure the safety of learners, teachers, examiners and staff. 

We’ve now published further information about our remotely-assessed Performance Grades. We will be gradually rolling out Performance Grades internationally, starting before the end of 2020, following their initial launch in the UK. We’ll let you know more about future exam dates as soon as we can.  In the meantime, you can find out more about these exams here. We are also accelerating our plans to move Music Theory assessment at Grades 1 to 5 to an online exam, instead of a paper-based one. In August we will be piloting an online Music Theory exam in the UK. This is a first step before we can offer online assessments at Grades 1 to 5 in more countries. Grade 6 to 8 Music Theory exams will continue as paper-based assessments for everyone, in all countries.  We will share more information about our Music Theory plans in the week beginning 13 July.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work out the best options for the safe delivery of our assessments. We will provide updates on the availability of all our exams and assessments as soon as we can. 

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Where to find sheet music

Many retailers are continuing to provide sheet music, books, instruments and accessories through online or mail order services. View our shops list here.

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