Latest exam updates

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.

We will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Exact dates will be announced soon. Please check here for more information.

Music Theory exam dates

We can now confirm Grade 6 to 8 paper Music Theory exams will go ahead on Wednesday 28 April at 5pm. The booking period will be open from 8 to 15 March.

Piano Star Duets

Compiled and edited by David Blackwell and Karen Marshall

Piano Star Duets is an exciting book for beginner pianists! With pieces from early beginner to Grade 2 level, Piano Star Duets has been tried out – and approved! – by children. Including a wide range of musical styles, from traditional melodies to jazzy and pop-style pieces, this collection will capture the imagination of young pianists everywhere.

New compositions and arrangements from 13 leading composers

  • Duets in a variety of configurations – for two pupils of a similar standard, for pupil-teacher, or pupils of different standards – plus some trios
  • A wide range of musical styles, from traditional melodies to jazzy and pop-style pieces
  • Varied techniques, introduced progressively
  • Fun musical games and top tips for duet playing
  • A number of the pieces from the book will appear on the ABRSM 2021 & 2022 Piano Syllabus, where duets are featured for the first time at Grades Initial – 3

Click here to purchase publications from the Piano Star series.

The complete list of composers and arrangers included in Piano Star Duets:

David Blackwell

Karen Marshall

Heather Hammond

Nikki Iles

June Armstrong

Mike Cornick

Alison Mathews

Peter Gritton

Nikolas Sideris

Marcel Zidani

Mark Tanner

William Chapman Nyaho

Vitalij Neugasimov

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