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.

Welcome to Piano Practice Partner

Piano Practice Partner is a simple way to make practising pieces for your ABRSM exam more musical, enjoyable and rewarding. The new repertoire from the Piano Exam Pieces (Piano syllabus 2021 & 2022), including Initial Grade, will feature in the app from 9 July 2020.

Pieces from earlier syllabuses are also available in the app:

  • 2019 & 2020 syllabus
    • All pieces from the ABRSM Piano Exam Pieces books for Grades 1-8.
    • All other (alternative) pieces from the ABRSM Piano Syllabus for Grades 1-8.
  • 2017 & 2018 syllabus
    • All pieces from the ABRSM Piano Exam Pieces books for Grades 1-8.
  • 2015 & 2016 syllabus
    • All pieces from the ABRSM Piano Exam Pieces books for Grades 1-3.
    • All other (alternative) pieces from the ABRSM Piano Syllabus for Grades 1-3.

What is Piano Practice Partner?

Piano Practice Partner helps you by playing one hand so you can play the other as you learn. Using Piano Practice Partner also enables slow practice, one hand at a time, while still retaining the musicality of the recorded performance. It's as if a professional pianist is sitting next to you as you practise!

Piano Practice Partner is available for iOS and Android devices in both smartphone and tablet versions, from iTunes and Google Play. The app comes with three free examples from a range of grades.

How might I use Piano Practice Partner?

Piano Practice Partner lets you play along with real musicians’ performances, exactly as recorded or at a reduced tempo.

Use the ABRSM Piano Practice Partner to:

  • Practise each hand separately to improve your fluency – focus on your left hand technique while Practice Partner plays the right hand, for example.
  • Make practice more musical and enjoyable by having a virtual partner to play along with.
  • Personalise it! Choose from over 20 different hands to customise your Practice Partner.
  • Improve your control and general piano technique, helping you to become a more fluent pianist.
  • Improve your sense of pulse! Use the unique guide function to help you count rests and tempo adjustments.
  • Slow down or speed up the music to a tempo that suits you, for slow careful practice.
  • Set loops to repeat parts of your piece if you need to focus on one section.
  • Learn to memorise your music for more secure performances.

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