Latest exam updates

Performance Grade booking

The next booking period for remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams opens in February. For details, see our dates and fees page.

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) – we will not be offering these exams in March. The next exams at Grades 6 to 8 will be in June 2021.
  • 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.

For more information click here.

Our Diversity Statement - Inspiring Musical Achievement for Everyone

6 months ago


We know that we can only serve everyone - and inspire musical achievement - if we include everyone.

The murder of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement has made us, like many organisations, think about and challenge any practices that allow prejudice to persist. Our Diversity Statement is a commitment to increase representation of people from all backgrounds across all areas of what we do. As part of this, and as a significant commissioner of music, we are today announcing the launch of a mentoring scheme for emerging underrepresented composers specifically to write for education purposes and increase the pool of published music we can draw on in the future.  

Please read our statement in full here.

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