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TitleABRSM Strings Guide
TagsRhythm Sound Test (Assessment) Educational Assessment Singing
File Size4.0 MB
Total Pages36
Document Text Contents
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Instruments and Singing: Grades 1 to 8

Your guide to
ABRSM music exams

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Warming up
Most exam preparation, practice
and rehearsing takes place well
before the exam day, but it is also
important for candidates to have
time to prepare and settle at the
exam venue before their exam
begins. This might include thinking
about the music they are going to
perform or warming up ready to
play or sing.

A number of ABRSM centres have a
separate warm-up room, sometimes
with a piano. If candidates want to
use the warm-up room for a few
minutes before their exam then
the steward will organise this.

If there is no warm-up room,
candidates can warm up for a short
time in the waiting area. However,
if the exam room is very close to the
waiting area it won’t be possible to
warm up aloud. In this situation,
teachers and candidates need
to think about ways to warm up
instruments, fingers or
embouchures silently.

Once in the exam room, all
candidates are welcome to play or
sing a few notes to warm up, and our
examiners encourage them to do
this. This can be particularly helpful
for pianists, who will want to try out
the piano.

It’s natural to feel nervous
Some candidates will feel nervous
before or during their exam. This
is natural and is something that our
stewards and examiners understand.
With experience, many people learn
how to deal with nerves and taking
exams can actually help with this.
Other ways to help include:

• accepting nerves as normal;
• performing regularly in front

of others;

• taking mock exams;
• arriving in good time at the

exam centre;

• taking a few calm breaths before
the exam itself.

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Contact us

UK and Ireland
Honorary Local Representatives
In the UK and Ireland ABRSM
exam centres are overseen by
Honorary Local Representatives
(HLRs). They look after
arrangements at the centre and
answer general enquiries from
local teachers, parents and
candidates.

We list exam centres, HLRs
and contact details at
www.abrsm.org/examcentres.

If there is no local contact, or
if you need further help, please
get in touch with us directly.

T +44 (0)20 7636 5400
E [email protected]

All other countries
Representatives and Contacts
In all other countries, ABRSM
exam centres are overseen by
our International Representatives
and Contacts. They look after
arrangements at the centre and
answer general enquiries from local
teachers, parents and candidates.

You can look up your local
Representative or Contact at
www.abrsm.org/examcentres.

If there is no local contact, please
get in touch with us directly. You
can contact our International
Department from Monday to Friday,
8am to 6pm (UK time). Our staff
can provide help, information
and guidance about all aspects of
our exams.

T +44 (0)20 7467 8240
E [email protected]

ABRSM
24 Portland Place
London W1B 1LU
United Kingdom

www.abrsm.org
ABRSM is a charity registered in England

and Wales (292182) and Scotland (SC043343).

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ABRSM is the exam board of the Royal Schools of
Music. We are committed to actively supporting
high quality music making, learning and development
throughout the world, and to producing the best
possible resources for music teachers and students. Supporting and

promoting the
highest standards
of musical learning
and assessment
since 1889.

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