Latest exam updates

Practical Session 2 Update – Switzerland

We appreciate how much the cancellation of our exams has affected learners and we’re working hard on solutions to ensure they can gain their qualifications at the earliest opportunity.

Provided travel and COVID restrictions remain lifted, we will open a booking period from 4 September – 18 September with exams to be held in November. We will continue to keep this under review as our ability to accept bookings remains conditional on the restrictions continuing to be lifted. An update to Applicants will be announced as soon as we can and our Representatives will provide further guidance in due course. We are looking forward to providing candidates with exams again and thank you for your loyalty and support at this difficult time.

Resources and syllabus

Music Theory syllabus from 2018

Read the updated syllabus for Music Theory exams from 2018 onwards.

Current publications

Music Theory in Practice

We are not making any changes to our Music Theory in Practice books for Grades 1 to 5. They still cover all the knowledge and skills you need for our Music Theory exams at these grades from 2018. The sections on rhythm-writing, word-setting and melody writing will not be directly relevant to the exams from 2018, but overall Music Theory in Practice continues to provide plenty of valuable teaching and learning material for the exams.

First Steps in Music Theory and The AB Guide to Music Theory (Part 1)

We are not be making any changes to these books. They cover the basic principles of music theory and provide a thorough introduction to the knowledge and understanding needed at Grades 1 to 5. They continue to offer valuable support for exam preparation from 2018 onwards.

First Steps in Music Theory

The AB Guide to Music Theory (Part 1)

New printed Practice Papers

You are now able to buy printed Practice Papers and Model Answers for the revised exams at Grades 1 to 5 – these can be found in our online shop or ask your local retailer. The papers are based on questions from the 2017 exams, adjusted to reflect the revised questions that all candidates will be answering from 2018 onwards.

Past Papers from previous years

You are still able to buy Past Papers and Model Answers from previous years (2016 and earlier). They continue to provide valuable teaching material and can be used in addition to the new Practice Papers.

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