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Information about Spring Term exams 2023

Happy New Year! We hope that you had a wonderful Christmas break and are looking forward to starting lessons next week.


Booking for ABRSM music examinations will be opening shortly. Please discuss with your music teacher if you are considering taking an exam this term before booking. There are two exam options for ABRSM: Face to face practical exams and the new performance exams which are recorded. Your teacher will discuss with you which exam you will be working towards.


ABRSM Practical Exams:


Online booking opens on 16th January (07:00) and closes on 30th January 2023 (23:59). The exam period is 27th February-1st April 2023. We highly recommend booking your exam as soon as booking opens as exam times are much sought after. You can book your exam through the ABRSM portal, where you can set up an account with ABRSM.


When booking, please select the Surbiton exam centre , if Kinuko is accompanying. Pianists, or those bringing their own accompanist, can book any exam centre. Instrumentalists (apart from pianists) and singers will need an accompanist for their exam. Please contact Kinuko if you would like her to accompany the exam, or you can bring your own accompanist.


Here is a link to the exam fees: https://gb.abrsm.org/en/exam-booking/exam-dates-and-fees/ (under face to face exams).


For the practical exam students will have to perform:


3 pieces or songs from the syllabus,


Scales and arpeggios for instrumentalists/unaccompanied song for singers


Sight-reading/sight-singing/quick study for jazz instruments


Aural tests- the ABRSM Aural Trainer app (Grades 1-5 or 6-8) can be downloaded to help prepare for this.


Here is further information about the practical exams: https://gb.abrsm.org/en/our-exams/instrumental-and-singing-exams/practical-grades/


ABRSM provides support for students with specific needs taking their exams. If this applies to a student, they must provide details when booking their exam. Further information can be found here: ABRSM: Specific needs


ABRSM now do musical theatre exams as well as the traditional singing exams.


ABRSM Performance Exams:


Online booking for these exams takes place whenever the student is ready. You can book, pay and upload your exam recording whenever you are ready. You can submit your recording when you book or any time during the following 28 days. You can book your exam through the ABRSM portal, where you can set up an account with ABRSM. Here is a link to the exam dates/fees information page https://gb.abrsm.org/en/exam-booking/exam-dates-and-fees/ (under digital exams).


The performance exams are recorded exams and students will play/sing 4 pieces/songs (3 from the syllabus, 1 own choice piece). Here is a link to further information about these new performance exams: https://gb.abrsm.org/en/our-exams/performancegrades/ Instrumentalists (apart from pianists) and singers will need an accompanist for their exam. Please contact Kinuko if you would like her to accompany the exam, or you can bring your own accompanist.


ABRSM provides support for students with specific needs taking their exams. If this applies to a student, they must provide details when booking their exam. Further information can be found here: ABRSM: Specific needs


Trinity Rock and Pop Exams:


Here is a link to the booking page for Trinity Rock and Pop exams: https://www.trinityrock.com/enter Exams can be face to face or digital (recorded). Here is further information about the digital exams https://www.trinitycollege.com/qualifications/digital/digital-grades-diplomas/rock-pop










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