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ABRSM is the leading authority on musical assessment. By delivering our exams rigorously and consistently we set the worldwide gold standard, with over 600,000 people, in over 90 countries, choosing to take them every year. We have designed our graded music exams 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 provide:


  • progressive goals to aim for;

  • recognition for achievement;

  • carefully structured syllabus requirements;

  • one-to-one assessment by an expert professional;

  • an objective guide to a candidate’s skills and progress.


There are no age restrictions and students can start with any grade or skip grades if they want to.

All-round musicianship

We believe in the importance of all-round musicianship and this forms the basis of our 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. These are the things we assess in our exams.

To succeed in our exams candidates need a combination of skills and understanding. Broadly, we assess:


  • performance skills through pieces or songs;

  • technical skills through scales and arpeggios (or unaccompanied traditional song for singers);

  • notation skills through a sight-reading test;

  • and listening skills and musical perception through aural tests.


Range of services

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As part of our commitment to excellence in music education, we provide a rich range of materials to support our exams and to help everyone get the most out of music-making.  The scope of our publications covers wide-ranging and extensive instrumental catalogues, scholarly editions of the great composers and jazz publications for a variety of instruments. There are also albums of specially-commissioned pieces by contemporary composers in the Spectrum series. 

Publications to support our exams include: 


  • Albums that complement our instrumental and vocal syllabuses, both classical and jazz 

  • CDs and audio downloads of exam repertoire

  • Practice aural tests and sight-reading/quick studies

  • Scales, arpeggios and broken chords

  • Theory and musicianship textbooks

  • Scholarly, practical editions of the major Baroque, Classical and Romantic composers’ keyboard music

  • Biographies, guides and companions


Exhibitor at the following trade fair

Musikmesse 2016

07.04.2016 - 10.04.2016 Hall: 8.0 Stand: G 30