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Practical Session 3 update

We are working hard on solutions to ensure learners can gain their qualifications at the earliest opportunity. However, on the basis of official and local advice we will be cancelling Session 3 Practical exams scheduled for  October -  December. Our Representatives will provide further guidance in due course. We are very sorry for the impact on teachers and candidates and we will continue to monitor the situation. Thank you for your loyalty and support while these restrictions remain in place.

We will be gradually rolling out remotely-assessed Performance Grades internationally starting before the end of 2020 and will share exam dates and booking periods soon.

Music Theory Exam update – session C

We are pleased to confirm that we will be offering our Music Theory exams as usual this November. These exams will all be paper-based and available for Grades 1 to 8, using the existing ‘from 2018’ Music Theory syllabus. 

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ABRSM publishes a new Woodwind syllabus for 2014-2017

7 years ago

ABRSM, the exam board of the Royal Schools of Music, will launch a new Woodwind syllabus in July featuring revised repertoire for all subjects – Recorder, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, and Saxophone. The repertoire lists, selected in consultation with our panel of woodwind specialists, comprise a mix of new pieces as well as popular pieces from previous syllabuses. The repertoire lists will be available from 4 July 2013 for use in ABRSM exams from January 2014. Highlights include new albums of miniatures by Philip Sparke for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Saxophone; several classic works from the English, Italian, German and French Baroque period for recorder; the jazzy Divertimento No. 2 by the Maltese composer Charles Camilleri on Grade 8 Clarinet; and a Vivaldi flute concerto that came to light as recently as 2010, on Grade 8.

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‘Woodwind teachers and students have some wonderful repertoire choices to look forward to in our new syllabuses,’ said Robert Sargant, Syllabus Manager at ABRSM. ‘Over many months our selectors have scoured the broadest range of publications in search of exciting new exam material, while ensuring that a core of deserving favourites will also appear.’ As part of the launch ABRSM will be running a Guess the composer competition on our website from 25 June to 4 July. To enter, participants are invited to listen to a short audio clip of a piece from the new syllabus and identify the composer of the work. We will be offering a daily prize as well as a chance to win one iPod nano.


Notes to editors

Clarinet Exam PiecesMore information and full syllabus details will be available at www.abrsm.org/woodwind from 4 July. Books of Flute Exam Pieces and Clarinet Exam Pieces will be available for Grades 1 to 7 as (part only, Grades 1 to 5; score and part; and score, part and CD). We will also be issuing separate CDs for Grade 8 and recordings for all grades as individual downloads. Saxophone CDs together with audio downloads for Saxophone, Oboe and Bassoon will follow in November.

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