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Latest exam updates

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.

隆重推出新考试 Singing for Musical Theatre 第1-3级。

  • 2018年10月4日——在线发布第1-3级曲目列表。
  • 2019年1月——可在全球范围内参加Singing for Musical Theatre考试。
  • 更高级别的考试将于2019年秋天推出。

为什么要参加Singing for Musical Theatre考试?


“全新的Singing for Musical Theatre考纲为年幼的学生提供绝佳机会,让他们表演、学习、练习,以及最重要的 —— 享受乐趣。考纲曲目在多个方面充满挑战,包括曲风、表达、通过歌曲表演、不同的声乐素质和技巧等。曲目列表提供了各种选择,鼓励学生探索新曲目。” Rachel Lyske 英国学校老师和ABRSM 顾问。.

参与我们全新的Singing for Musical Theatre(音乐剧声乐考试),演唱自己喜爱的歌曲,同时培养音乐剧技能,让你在排练、试音和演出现场大显身手。在这一过程中,你还将收获宝贵的相关技能——不仅在音乐创作方面,也包括生活方面。

ABRSM首席考官John Holmes说:

“和研发其他考纲一样,我们以极为谨慎的态度对这个音乐体裁进行评估,从而创造出清晰、完善、循序渐进的学习途径。Singing for Musical Theatre是ABRSM的新考试,这个‘新’是相对于现有考试科目的‘新’,而从ABRSM的长项来讲,则是大家熟悉的——以行之有效的原则评分,为学生的音乐成长奠定坚实的基础、为他们的音乐成就提供可靠的里程碑。”







Being able to sight-read unfamiliar music is one of those skills that every singer should have. It helps you to join in more easily, learn things more quickly and access all kinds of music for yourself. It could help you to step into a new role at short notice, access session work and much more.

In the exam, the examiner will give you a short piece of music that you haven’t seen before. They are written in attractive, accessible Musical Theatre styles with optional words in English. Each short piece starts with a piano introduction, you will have half a minute to try it out, before you sing it with the examiner playing the accompaniment. The piano part either doubles (Grades 1–2) or supports (Grade 3–5) the melody line, so you can use your musical instinct to find the tune, as well as reading it.

Aural training develops your strong musical ‘ear’, helping you to feel a pulse, keep in time and understand harmonies and melody lines. These are important skills when you have to pick up tunes quickly with limited rehearsal time. Musical theatre singers are often very strong in this area and our tests give you the chance to demonstrate that.

At Grades 1–3 the aural test syllabus is the same as for other ABRSM Practical Grade subjects.

For Grades 4 & 5 we have developed new aural tests specifically for Singing for Musical Theatre Practical Grades. These are closely modelled on our standard aural tests to ensure parity, with some differences to reflect the realities of how Musical Theatre singers learn best.

The examiner will deliver the tests from the piano and you will be asked to respond by singing, clapping and answering questions about the music you hear.

Practical Grade syllabus

Click on the button below to download the complete Singing for Musical Theatre Practical Grades 1–5 Syllabus from 2021.

Performance Grades

Performance Grades are our new remotely-assessed exams with a focus on performance. They provide recognition for the communication, interpretation and storytelling skills that sit at the heart of every successful musical performance.

Performance Grade exams for Singing for Musical Theatre are now available at Grades 1 to 8. Each Performance Grade consists of four accompanied songs in one continuous performance – three from the syllabus lists and one of your own choice – and a mark for performance as a whole. Full programming requirements, including timings, are given in the syllabus.

You can click on individual exam elements below for further detail.

You will choose four accompanied songs, one from each list – A, B and C – and one of your own choice. This is an opportunity to show the range of characters you can express and your ability to create a programme of music.

A mark is given for your performance as a whole, crediting your ability to put together a coherent and convincing performance event, so your choice of repertoire, the way the songs are contrasted, the order they are presented, and the different moods and characters they inhabit are all important.



  • 有伴奏歌曲——每首歌曲满分30分
  • 无伴奏歌曲——满分21分
  • 视唱测试——满分21分
  • 听力测试——满分18分


  • 100-119分:合格
  • 120-129分:良好
  • 130分以上:优秀(提示起立鼓掌




Aural Trainer



A practice tool that allows you to vary the speed of audio without altering the pitch.


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