Latest exam updates

Performance Grade booking

We will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Exact dates will be announced soon. Please check here for more information.

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) – the next exams will take place in June. Please note, dates and booking periods for Grades 1-5 and Grades 6-8 may be different from now on. For full details, see our dates and fees page.
  • 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. If you receive an email asking for your proof of prerequisite, please ignore this. We will still release any results in line with the arrangements outlined here.

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Welcome to Violin Practice Partner

Violin Practice Partner is a simple way to make practising pieces for your ABRSM exam more musical, enjoyable and fun. It is useful for anyone learning or teaching pieces from the ABRSM Violin Exam Pieces 2016–2019 at Grades 1–7.

What is Violin Practice Partner?

Violin Practice PartnerIt’s a practice tool which provides access to enhanced recordings of Violin Exam Pieces. You can use the app to practise with the piano accompaniment or violin part in isolation, in addition to the duo ensemble recording. Using Violin Practice Partner also helps slow practice, while retaining the musicality of the recorded performance. It's as if you’re practising with your own personal desk partner!

Violin Practice Partner is available for iOS and Android™ devices in both smartphone and tablet versions, from iTunes and Google Play. The app comes with one example piece from Grade 1 of Violin Exam Pieces 2016–2019, with in-app purchases available for individual pieces or selections for each Grade.

How can I use Violin Practice Partner?

Violin Practice Partner lets 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, for slow careful practice.
  • Listen closely to the violin in isolation to hear every detail of the expert performance.
  • Repeat tricky passages by setting loops around them.

You can also:

  • Personalise the app – choose from nine different virtual partners to practise with!

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