About the exam
ABRSM exams comprise a number of pieces, scales, sight reading and an aural exam. Further information about ABRSM can be found at its website www.abrsm.org.
Fees payable are an ABRSM exam fee, school administration fee, aural class and accompanist fee (if required). For Bute House candidates these will be added to your school bill.
Deciding to take an exam
A girl is encouraged to take ABRSM exams as her progress allows and as recommended by instrumental teachers. There is no rule requiring an exam to be taken every year, particularly as over-emphasis on exam achievement can be detrimental to progress. If you are interested in the possibility of entering your daughter for an exam, please discuss this with her instrumental teacher first.
Support and preparation for the exam
Accompanists and aural test support is available for those learning in and out of school alike. Fees for these services will be invoiced to you, either directly or via the school bill. Girls must ensure they are doing enough practice for the exam on a daily basis.
How to enter
For girls learning out of school, parents should enter their daughter for an ABRSM exam at Bute at http://bit.ly/ButeHouseExamEntry. For girls learning in school, their instrumental or singing teacher should make the entry.
Exam dates and deadlines
ABRSM Music Exams take place at Bute House towards the end of each term. Entry deadlines are at the start of each term and will be announced on the website, in the school bulletin and on the Music Department noticeboard.
After the exam
Certificates and marksheets are usually received in the holidays after the exams. You will be emailed to advise you of when to collect marksheets from the Music Office. Copies of marksheets will be available for music teachers. Marks are not distributed via email. Certificates for Bute House girls are retained for a special award assembly in the following term.