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Music Theory Exam on 7 November 2020

Given the recent spike in Covid cases and local lockdowns across Malaysia, we are now reviewing the feasibility of conducting the Theory Exam on 7 November 2020. You would have recently received an automated email with instructions about what to do on the exam day, but of course we are now having to review the status of the upcoming Theory Exam. We will update you again as soon as possible, but rest assured our priority will always be the safety of our candidates and exam staff.

Exam Refunds – Practical Session 1 & 2

We are currently working to issue refunds for all exams cancelled due to COVID-19.

For entries submitted online, all exam fees have been refunded to the original payment card and should be received by 14 September 2020. If you card has been replaced since you made the entry, the refund should be redirected to your new card automatically. If you have any queries in relation to this, please contact your card provider.

If you submitted a paper entry form to your State Education Department, you must submit a refund request to the Examinations Syndicate in Malaysia with complete documentation attached by 14 September 2020. Manual refunds may take between 1 to 2 months to process. Any queries relating to manual refunds should be sent to [email protected]. Thank you for your patience.

Music Theory exams

As instrumental skills progress, development in music theory and musicianship becomes increasingly important in helping students to perform with sensitivity, understanding and confidence.

ABRSM’s Music Theory exams aim to give students a thorough understanding of the building blocks of music, starting with the basics of rhythm and notes, and going on to cover harmony and counterpoint, composition, and a broad knowledge of western music, including composers and their works, structure, style and period.

Each Music Theory paper is marked out of a total of 100, with 66 marks required for a Pass, 80 for a Merit and 90 for a Distinction.

Our benchmark

A longstanding ABRSM benchmark is that a pass at Grade 5 or above in Music Theory must be obtained before candidates can enter for Grades 6, 7 or 8 Practical exams. This also applies to Performance exams at these grades. We believe that a thorough understanding of the elements of music is essential for a full and satisfying performance at these higher grades. (Grade 5 or above in Practical Musicianship or a Practical Grades solo Jazz subject also fulfils this prerequisite.)

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