What does the name ABRSM stand for?
The name stands for the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music which is based in London in the UK.
“We believe in the importance of all-round musicianship and this focus the basis of our exams” – As recorded in an advert from The Royal Schools of Music, London.
These are musical exams designed by the Royal Schools of Music to help assess students on a yearly basis on their growth and development in music, be it classical or jazz. The exams are usually yearly or every 6 months which one can enter. The lowest exam is called initial, then it moves to Grade 1 and up to Grade 8. After these, there are teachers and performance diplomas for which one can enrol. These exams were developed to help students to gradually develop their music from beginners stage up to a high standard of performance. These exams give one something to measure yourself against and is highly motivating for any student.
There are also other music schools which offer exams for students, although the two lead known ones are the ABRSM and Trinity College of Music London. These two music exams also do exams abroad in many countries.
These exams give students motivation and purpose on a short term basis helping students to reach a level of maturity and performance on a concert level, starting from a very low grade (initial) moving up thill Grade 8. It’s designed for all levels and all age groups.
Most students doing piano or any other instrument have no idea as to where they are going music-wise – as they do not have the knowledge or the background to know how or what to plan to go forward.
The external exams like the ABRSM and Trinity College Music of London, very particularly and meticulously planned exams for students to grow and to develop with. Developed by master musicians that had the background and training to have planned such a great tool and put these exams together. ABRSM existed since 1889 and Trinity College School of Music since 1877. It was founded years ago and they are known for their high standard and success in training music for many years, also having many examination centres abroad. One can enter these exams with great confidence which can and will only benefit the student greatly.
The answer can and only Is a big YES!
It’s always a great time for excitement, nervousness and achievement. We, always as children, were dressed beautifully for this great event, wringing our hands in nervousness but after the exam, we had wonderful cakes and tea or milkshakes!
This was a set tradition by our amazing teacher the late Mrs Estelle Hudson – which was well worth it. We all had to drive from our little town to the big town for this great event!
Sit the exam!
It’s worth it and do not even think about cancelling it for one second.
It’s not on the table.
You can do it.
Just go do it!
Never cancel your exam.
Ask me – It’s not worth it.
Just do it!
It can only take you forward.
The photo above is from ABRM’s website – an early piano examination at the ABRSM!
You can also take a look at David Wright’s book about The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music – View it on Google Books here.