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 ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music)

ABRSM is the UK’s largest music education body, one of its largest music publishers and the world’s leading provider of music exams, offering assessments to more than 630,000 candidates in 93 countries every year.

ABRSM’s mission is to inspire achievement in music. In partnership with the Royal Schools of Music, we support high-quality music-making and learning around the world.

We want every one to be able to fulfil their potential with music. We believe
that access to high-quality, progressive music learning is the right of everyone.

ABRSM believes in the importance of all-round musicianship and this forms the basis of exams. To become an all-round
musician, students need a range of interlocking skills - in performance, technique, notation, and listening and musical
perception - as well as knowledge, understanding and creativity.

 Graded Exams

ABRSM has designed exams and assessments to motivate all levels and ages. The contents of graded exams and diplomas are as follows:

  Four types of graded exams
• Practical
• Music Theory
• Practical Musicianship
• *Jazz
• *Not available in all countries
  Three subjects of diploma qualification
• Music performance
• Music direction
• Instrumental/Vocal teaching

Practical exams, available for over 35 instruments, are designed to motivate instrumental and singing students of all ages and a wide range of abilities. They are available at eight levels – Grades 1 to 8 – and consist of:

performance skills through pieces or songs
technical skills through scales and arpeggios
notation skills through a sight-reading test
• and listening skills and musical perception through aural tests
※ Candidates are required to pass Music Theory or Practical Musicianship exam 5 in order to progress to Practical
    exam Grade 6-8

ABRSM diplomas are professional qualifications, and awarded in three different levels.

• DipABRSM (Diploma of The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music)
• LRSM (Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music)
• FRSM (Fellowship of the Royal Schools of Music)

Music performance diplomas are composed of three parts.

• Recital
• Oral exam
• Quick study

Examining panels consist of over 700 musicians, all highly qualified and skilled in their own field. ABRSM provide all their
examiners with continuing professional development, moderation and monitoring. The result is a team of examiners that are trusted and known to be impartial, objective, and consistent.

Two exam dates are given in Korea every year. All candidates receive a mark form written by the examiner, and all candidates who successfully pass receive a certificate to mark their achievement.

ABRSM has 125 years of experience and an international reputation. Many schools recommend and accept the exams.
ABRSM diplomas and graded exams (for individual instruments, Singing and Theory of Music) are accredited in England,
Wales, and Northern Ireland. In Australia, Canada and South Africa
exams can be used for credit towards the relevant
qualifications taken by students completing secondary education. Graded exams 6-8 attract points under the tariff of the
UCAS for applications from students worldwide for places at higher education institutions in the UK.

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