Which tasks are included?
- Teaching Skills Viva Voce
- Written Submission
- Quick Study
Latest exam updates
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.
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.
Our teaching diplomas are designed for candidates who are intending to take up or have already started teaching an instrument or singing.
While the assessment components include educational theory and philosophy, curriculum studies and aspects of educational administration, the focus through these diplomas is the teaching of music as a practical activity.
Through live and written components, you'll be examined in your approaches to teaching, your competence as a performer and your understanding of repertoire.
Please note that a change to the graded Singing syllabus, which requires Grade 6–8 candidates to prepare three songs instead of four, is now also reflected in the DipABRSM and LRSM Teaching Skills Viva Voce demonstration requirements, as follows:
There'll be an overlap period in place for candidates to prepare songs from the 2009–2017 Singing syllabus until 31 December 2018. However, during this period, DipABRSM and LRSM candidates wishing to demonstrate songs from the previous syllabus should only prepare three songs, and are free to choose these from any three of the four old lists.
These changes don't affect FRSM Music Education (Singing), and all other DipABRSM and LRSM Teaching requirements remain unchanged.
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.
This 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.