Latest exam updates

Music Theory exams – March 2021

  • Online Music Theory exams (Grades 1 to 5) – we are cancelling the online exams planned for 16 March. Exams in May and June will go ahead as planned.
  • Paper Music Theory exams (Grades 6 to 8) – the next exams will take place in June. Please note, dates and booking periods for Grades 1-5 and Grades 6-8 may be different from now on. For full details, see our dates and fees page.
  • Grade 5 Music Theory requirement - from 1 January to 30 April 2021 only, candidates can take Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical exams without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. From 1 May 2021, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return with flexibility about timing. If you receive an email asking for your proof of prerequisite, please ignore this. We will still release any results in line with the arrangements outlined here.

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Be washed down river with this beautiful rendition of Vltava

Performed and arranged by ABRSM examiner Gary Ryan, this piece is from the ABRSM Guitar syllabus and appears in the Grade 4 Guitar Exam Pieces book . Bedřich Smetana’s Má vlast (My Fatherland) is a cycle of six symphonic poems for orchestra devoted to different aspects of the landscape, history and legends of the composer’s native Bohemia. The second and most popular of the six, composed in 1874, traces the course of the country’s principal river, the Vltava. Are you learning to play the guitar? Tell us about your learning experience or share a performance with us.

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