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.

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.

Music in Words: A Guide to Researching and Writing about Music by Trevor Herbert

Welcome, this is the Music in Words UK web resource. It contains samples of the book for those who are not familiar with its content, and additional material and links that support each of the eleven chapters in the book.

The site serves both the printed book and the various electronic versions.

Chapter pages

There are specific pages for each chapter in the book. They contain additional reading lists and links to internet sites. These are all external sites, so while they are recommended as relevant to the subject of any given chapter, ABRSM is not responsible for their content.

The Resource Collection

As well as the chapter-specific pages, there is a Resource Collection containing links to several useful free websites.

What this resource seeks to do

Much of the content of this resource is aimed at providing a clear focus for the use of the internet for researching and writing about music. For this reason, the number of sites for which links are provided is deliberately limited. It is also intended that you should spend some time understanding the recommended sites and not merely browsing them. They have been chosen because their content is interesting and generally reliable, and because there is evidence that they have been constructed so that the process of using them is easy and productive.

Taking time to understand the recommended sites is an important point because it chimes with the most progressive ideas about the way that the internet can help researchers and writers. These ideas emphasise the fact that electronic resources do not just extend the amount of information that is available about a given subject, but also involve processes (electronic searches, for example) that reveal connections, relationships and meanings that might not otherwise be evident. So do take time to really explore the sites that are suggested.

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