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.

Woodwind Practice Partners

Make practising pieces for your ABRSM exam more musical, fun and effective. Play along with the accompaniment, the solo part or both together. Change the tempo of the piece without altering the pitch – perfect for students who want to practise at their own pace. Available for Flute and Clarinet at Grades 1–7 and Alto Saxophone at Grades 1–5.

Clarinet Practice Partner

Clarinet Practice Partner lets you practise the Clarinet exam pieces at Grades 1–7 along with the accompaniment, solo part or both together. Slow down or speed up the music to practise at a tempo that suits you and set loops around tricky passages. Clarinet Practice Partner is free to download, with in-app purchases available for each individual piece or selections for each grade.

Flute Practice Partner

Flute Practice Partner lets you practise the Flute exam pieces at Grades 1–7 along with the accompaniment, solo part or both together. Slow down or speed up the music to practise at a tempo that suits you and set loops around tricky passages. Flute Practice Partner is free to download, with in-app purchases available for each individual piece or selections for each grade.

Visit our guidance and support pages for help using the app.

Saxophone Practice Partner

Saxophone Practice Partner lets you practise the Alto Saxophone exam pieces at Grades 1–5 along with the accompaniment, solo part or both together. Slow down or speed up the music to practise at a tempo that suits you and set loops around tricky passages. Saxophone Practice Partner is free to download, with in-app purchases available for each individual piece or selections for each grade.

Visit our guidance and support pages for help using the app.

How can I use Woodwind Practice Partners?

Clarinet, Flute and Saxophone Practice Partners let you play along with real musicians’ performances, exactly as recorded, or at a reduced tempo. The app will help you to:

  • Become familiar with the accompaniment and understand how the solo line fits with the piano part for more secure performances
  • Slow down or speed up the music to a tempo that suits you – ideal for slow, careful practice
  • Listen closely to the solo part in isolation to hear every detail of the expert performance
  • Repeat tricky passages by setting loops around them

How do I download it?

Clarinet, Flute and Saxophone Practice Partners are available for iOS and Android™ devices in both smartphone and tablet versions from iTunes and Google Play. The apps are free and come with one example piece from the Woodwind Grade 1 syllabus 2018–2021, with in-app purchases available for each individual piece or selections for each grade.

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