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Practical Session 1 Update - Philippines

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

However, on the basis of official and local advice we will be cancelling Session 1 Practical exams scheduled for October-December. Our Representative will provide further guidance in due course. We are very sorry for the impact on teachers and candidates and we will continue to monitor the situation. Thank you for your loyalty and support while these restrictions remain in place.

We will be gradually rolling out remotely-assessed Performance Grades internationally and will share exam dates and booking periods soon.

Music Theory Exam update – session one

On the basis of government advice, we are cancelling the Music Theory exams due to take place later in 2020. We are sorry for any inconvenience and thank you for your ongoing loyalty and support.

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ABRSM publishes three books of easy piano arrangements

5 years ago

Piano Mix, published by ABRSM, is a series of easy piano arrangements created to help pianists progress from Grades 1 to 4, while introducing them to a wide range of genres and composers. 'Dip into these arrangements with plenty of time to spare as you will be hooked; the next hour or two will instantly disappear in a magical world of folk song, orchestral works, jazz standards and popular culture. These pieces are sensitively crafted with few stretches of even an octave and caringly arranged,' said Anthony Williams, Head of Keyboard and Instrumental Music, Radley College. The series has been compiled and edited by David Blackwell, who also contributed arrangements alongside other leading music educators such as Alan Bullard, Nikki Iles, Tim Richards and Christopher Norton, amongst others. 'We’ve chosen arrangements that are skilfully crafted from the original yet also lie comfortably under the fingers and fit the grade parameters of ABRSM. That means teachers can be confident choosing these pieces for their pupils,' said series compiler David Blackwell.

From the orchestra to the opera and from folk to jazz, the arrangements in Piano Mix cover lots of different styles and periods so that pianists can explore famous music and discover new tunes. There are lots of works that teachers and students might recognise including Handel’s ‘Fireworks Minuet’, opera classics from Bizet and Verdi and the theme tunes from The Muppets and Match of the Day. Piano Mix also includes lots of lesser known music to help teachers find new repertoire, and broaden their students’ musical experience. The Piano Mix books are priced between £4.95 and £5.95 and are available to buy online or from a music retailer. To find out more about Piano Mix, please visit

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