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COVID update

In response to the current restrictions in the UK and Ireland we are deferring Session 1 face-to-face practical exams at Public Venues and paper-based Grade 6 to 8 Music Theory exams at Public Venues and Private Visits. Where we can we will still offer practical exams at Private Visits. Our remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams and our Grade 1 to 5 online Music Theory exams are unaffected and all dates remain unchanged. To read more, please visit our latest updates page.

Music Theory exam dates

We are providing extra dates in March when candidates can take an online Grade 1 to 5 Music Theory exam.

  • Tuesday 16 March – candidates can start the exam at any time between 5pm and 6pm
  • Saturday 20 March – candidates can start the exam at any time between 10am and 11am
  • Thursday 25 March – candidates can start the exam at any time between 5pm and 6pm

 We plan to offer Grade 6 to 8 paper Music Theory exams on Wednesday 28 April with a booking period from 8 to 15 March.

Performance Grade booking

The next booking period for remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams opens on 1 February. For details, see our dates and fees page.

Join the Journey

1 year ago

ABRSM launches Journeys, the new online learning resource for electric guitar

ABRSM is extending its influence and serving a new market with the launch of Journeys, the new online learning resource for beginner electric guitarists.

Journeys is an online platform that offers those starting to learn to play the electric guitar a pathway to learning the songs they love, with a personalised journey that draws from 100 songs and gradually helps them build the skills they need, step by step, at their pace. Tutorials, self-assessment tools and many unique features help them as they gradually build up their own set list from a wide range of artists - Adele to the Zutons, Beyoncé to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Once they feel ready, learners can choose to jam with a band comprising some of the best session musicians on the circuit.

Journeys is designed for those picking up an electric guitar for the first time and also for those who may have played some time ago before putting their learning on hold. Extensive research revealed that learning to play the electric guitar alone can be difficult and many new learners often don’t continue their journey to becoming a competent player. ABRSM believes that many would keep going when supported by high quality resources designed to meet their needs. We look forward to supporting this significant global community through the provision of outstanding learning resources from ABRSM, a recognised leader in inspiring musical achievement.

Michael Elliott, ABRSM’s Chief Executive, said: “Journeys is a natural progression for our organisation as we continually seek to inspire musical achievement in a wide range of genres and for musicians of all abilities. This is a new market for us, but we bring to it the familiar ABRSM expertise, rigour and high standards. Working with seasoned guitar players and trusted industry experts, we’ve developed Journeys to motivate learners so that they continue their personal musical journey, wherever they wish that to take them. We are really proud of this first release of Journeys, which we believe has the potential to become a market-leading online resource for electric guitarists.”

Reflecting an attention to quality together with the aim of assisting progress in learning that are hallmarks of any ABRSM product, Journeys has been two years in the making, with ABRSM consulting with recognised industry experts and learners to fully understand their needs in order to provide the best possible support. Journeys is a subscription service, priced at £12.99 per month and available online at

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