Introducing our new LRSM and FRSM Performance diplomas

We will be publishing the qualification specification for our new LRSM and FRSM diplomas in Music Performance in November 2023. Assessment will be available from April 2024.

If you would like to start preparing now, please read our introduction to the new Performance diplomas, for information about requirements, prerequisites and repertoire.

We are not making any changes to the ARSM in Performance.

Teaching and Directing diplomas

Information about our new ARSM, LRSM and FRSM diplomas in Music Teaching and Music Directing will be available later in 2023.

In preparation for introducing the new diplomas, we are withdrawing the current DipABRSM, LRSM and FRSM diplomas in Performance, Teaching and Directing. If you are preparing for one of these diplomas or would like to retake a section, you should check our withdrawal information which includes deadlines for taking these exams. Find out more.

Our diplomas

We offer diplomas in Performance, Teaching and Directing:

  • ARSM (Associate of the Royal Schools of Music)
  • DipABRSM (Diploma of The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music)
  • LRSM (Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music)
  • FRSM (Fellowship of the Royal Schools of Music)

Click here for information on booking a DipABRSM, LRSM or FRSM exam.

Diploma resources

Piano Specimen Quick Studies

Piano Specimen Quick StudiesThis title contains valuable practice material for candidates preparing for the piano quick study in ABRSM diploma exams.

The specimen quick studies are suitable for ABRSM’s performance and teaching diplomas and are written in attractive and approachable styles that are representative of the technical level expected in the exam.

Music in Words

Music in WordsThis best selling guide has been extensively updated to remain relevant and invaluable to anyone, experienced or inexperienced, confronted by the task of writing about music - be it programme notes or thesis.

The Music in Words web resource contains additional material and links that support each of the eleven chapters in the book.

A Kindle version of the book is available to purchase from Amazon.

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