ABRSM Teacher DEVELOPMENT
ABRSM exams are a pivotal component to Opus 1’s educational mission. The well-funded organization based in London, England continues to develop a curriculum based on “Practice” (performance, sight-reaching, technique through scales/broken chords/arpeggios, and aural skills), and “Theory”. This is why ABRSM exams are divided into two separate exams:
Practical Exam (Grades 1-10)
Theory Exam (Grades 1-8)
In addition to ongoing in-person training through MusicMeetUps and one-on-one, the following resources are supplements to help ensure successful teaching and approaches that will ensure student success.
In order to take the Grade 6 Practical Exam, students must have passed the Grade 5 Theory Exam
Students preparing for the exams, regardless of age, should take at least a 45-minute lessons if not longer. Students preparing for theory exams in addition to a practical exam should take an hour lesson.
Students doing theory exams are expected to know all of the Performance Directions from all previous grade levels. A useful online tool to help prepare and access the terms from all grade levels can be found here.
Exams are done during the week, not weekends and cannot be rescheduled. Students also cannot request a specific time.
On average, it takes most students 6-8 months of preparation to perform well on the exams (see the Preparation Timeline here)