ABRSM: THE ASSOCIATED BOARD OF THE ROYAL SCHOOLS OF MUSIC
ABRSM is the UK’s largest music education body, one of its largest music publishers and the world’s leading provider of music exams, offering assessments to more than 630,000 candidates in 93 countries every year.
(From ABRSM’s homepage at abrsm.org)
The British International School of Stavanger (BISS) is fortunate to be one of the few ABRSM examination centers in Scandinavia. Every year ABRSM sends an examiner from the UK to other countries to hold Practical Exams for both classical and jazz instrumentalists, traditional and classical singing and Singing for Musical Theater (SFMT) – provided enough students have entered. Other than contributing with the facilities, BISS is not responsible for this exam.
Aurora Vocalis is not responsible for the exam itself, but has the role of «The Applicant host» and facilitates so the ABRSM examiner can hold exams. It also means that everyone who wants to participate must have our permission.
For our students we also offer to act as «The Applicant» (see ABRSM regulations) , with all that implies. Payments will then go through Aurora Vocalis and a fee will be added to cover the cost of foreign bank transfer and administration work (see terms). In all other ways, ABRSM Terms and Conditions applies for everyone. Exam date is not set by ABRSM until after entry deadline, but is most likely to be sometime in May.
Exam criteria will be included in the program if you wish to enter. It’s not mandatory, but can be recommend as a way of getting feedback on your progress, audition experience and to get a world-wide-known certificate and credits for further studies.
In addition to graded exams, ABRSM also offers a Performance Assessment (no age, level or repertoire requirements) where you can perform a self-elected program and get an assessment without worry about a big audience or passing a grade.
ABRSM Theory Exams are conducted in autumn and spring (usually November and June). Group or individual lessons will be arranged as needed, or per request.
ABRSM’s exams are available for anyone to enter. But those who wish to do the exam at BISS (The British International School of Stavanger) must have permission from the Applicant Host – Aurora Vocalis.
We offer to act as The Applicant for our students. Payment will then go through Aurora Vocalis. Entry fee is set by ABRSM each year, but there will be added a fee for foreign bank transfer and administrative costs.
For more information, contact us, the ABRSM office directly at , or go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4FBBFsLNek (video of a complete exam)