Latest exam updates

Performance Grades – booking for our next session of remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams opens in the week beginning 5 April. To check dates click here. You can find all our Performance Grades information and guidance here.

Grade 5 Music Theory waiver (not applicable in the UK & Ireland)

We are extending our Grade 5 Music Theory waiver until 23 May 2021. This means that candidates with a Grade 6 to 8 Performance Grade exam submission date up to and including 23 May can take their exam without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. We are making this exceptional arrangement to allow candidates who have been unable to take an exam in recent months to progress with their learning. From 24 May, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return. For exam dates/exam submission dates after 23 May, all candidates taking a Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical Grade must first pass Grade 5 Music Theory.

Performance Grade exams

We are pleased to confirm that we will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Please check our Dates and Fees page for details.

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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