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Diplomas at a Glance

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Your guide to
ABRSM diplomas

Introduction
ABRSM diplomas offer varied routes to professional qualification
for a wide range of musicians, including performers, teachers
and directors. 
Whether you are intending to pursue a career in music, are currently
working as a professional and wish to broaden your qualiļ¬cations, or are
purely after the satisfaction of achieving a personal goal, then one of our
diplomas is right for you.
We offer diplomas
in three subjects:
• Music Performance
• Instrumental/Vocal Teaching
• Music Direction
Each subject has three levels of award:
• 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

Benefits of taking an ABRSM diploma:
• Receive an internationally
recognised letter-bearing
qualification.
• Broaden your musical horizons.
• Gain feedback on your skills
and abilities before choosing an
advanced specialism at a higher
education institution.
Diploma syllabuses are available
for each subject. They provide
comprehensive information on all
aspects of the exam:
• Content
• Prerequisites and substitutions
• Guidance for candidates
• Marking criteria

Download your syllabus at www.abrsm.org/diplomas.
To read about the transition between Grade 8 and our
diplomas go to www.abrsm.org/diplomasupport.

Music Performance
DipABRSM | LRSM | FRSM

The three levels of Music Performance diplomas are designed
to reflect your day-to-day experience as a performer, whether
amateur or professional.

Requirements:
Instrumental or Vocal Recital
You will need to compile and present
a balanced recital programme and
demonstrate your understanding
of and sensitivity to the demands of
different types of repertoire.
Viva Voce
A discussion with the examiner(s)
to demonstrate your knowledge,
approach and understanding.

Written assignment
DipABRSM and LRSM:
Programme Notes relating to
your Recital programme.
FRSM: Written Submission relating
to matters connected to your
Recital repertoire.
Quick Study
A performance of a short piece of
unaccompanied and previously
unseen music.

As you move up through the diploma levels the repertoire becomes more
demanding, the Recital time lengthens, and the challenge of the Quick Study
and the scope and length of your written work increase.

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Instrumental / Vocal Teaching
DipABRSM | LRSM | FRSM

Our teaching diplomas are designed for candidates who are intending
to take up or have already begun instrumental or vocal teaching.
At each level of diploma your skills as a teacher of individuals and/or groups
are explored and assessed in increasing depth.
DipABRSM: Assesses
your knowledge and
understanding of the
teaching of your chosen
instrument.

LRSM: Calls for a
practical application
of your knowledge
and understanding
of teaching pupils.

FRSM: Requires you
to apply higher-level
academic skills to
aspects of music
education.

The focus of these diplomas is the teaching of music as a practical activity.
Through live and written sections, you will be examined in your approaches to
teaching, your ability to give competent practical demonstrations in lessons and
your understanding of repertoire.
Our teaching diplomas also cover educational theory and philosophy, curriculum
studies and aspects of educational administration.
Requirements:
Teaching Skills Viva Voce
A discussion with the examiner(s)
including demonstrations of teaching
approaches. This section will encourage
you to think about your methods and
reassess your teaching technique.
Written Submission
DipABRSM and LRSM:
A topic chosen from the syllabus.
FRSM: An approved topic of
your choice.
Quick Study
A performance of a short piece of
unaccompanied and previously
unseen music.
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Case Study Portfolio & Video of
Teaching Practice (LRSM only)
Written case studies of three pupils and
a video of teaching practice showing
your work with at least two pupils to be
submitted on entry.

Music Direction
DipABRSM | LRSM | FRSM

The Music Direction diplomas are available to directors of instrumental
groups or choirs and are designed to reflect your day-to-day
experience as a director.
These diplomas balance the demands of the repertoire against the musical,
technical and interpersonal skills needed by successful directors.
Through live and written sections, you will be examined on your command of
directing technique in rehearsal and performance, your understanding of the
repertoire, and your knowledge of the instruments or voices in your ensemble.
Requirements:
Rehearsal and Performance
Using an instrumental or choral
ensemble provided and directed
by you.
Viva Voce
A discussion with the examiner(s)
to demonstrate your knowledge,
approach and understanding.
This section will encourage you
to think about your methods and
technique, and justify your choices.
Written assignment
DipABRSM and LRSM: Programme
Notes relating to your Rehearsal
and Performance programme.
FRSM: Written Submission relating to
matters connected with your Rehearsal
and Performance programme.

Arrangement for your ensemble
This section encourages you to learn
more about your chosen ensemble
and gain a better understanding of
harmonisation, orchestration and style.

As you move up through the diploma levels the repertoire becomes more
demanding, the Rehearsal and Performance time lengthens, and the challenge
of the Arrangement and the scope and length of your written work increase.
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Resources
DipABRSM
LRSM
FRSM

All Together!

Teaching music in groups

Piano Specimen Quick Studies

Piano

Specimen
Quick Studies

The Music Teacher’s
Companion
A Practical Guide

ABRSM Diplomas
DipABRSM, LRSM, FRSM

P a u l H a r r i s a n d R i c h a rd C ro z i e r

the

FORM
of music

WILLIAM COLE

Diploma publications
• Piano Specimen Quick Studies
• An Extraordinary Life
Composer biographies of
Bach, Beethoven, Britten,
Elgar, Mozart and Purcell
• Music in Words: A guide to
researching and writing about music,
Trevor Herbert
• A Performer’s Guide to Music
Books on the Baroque, Classical
and Romantic periods
• The Form of Music, William Cole
• Achieving Success (DVD)
• All Together!
Teaching music in groups
• The Music Teacher’s Companion:
A Practical Guide

Online resources
www.abrsm.org/diplomasupport
• Diploma reading list (PDF)
• Diploma Specimen Quick Study tests
(PDF)
• Guide to writing programme notes,
Nigel Scaife (PDF)
• Guide to the Viva Voce requirements
(PDF)
• Diplomas at a Glance (PDF)
• Speedshifter – tool to slow down
practice tracks
• ABRSM forums

You can buy ABRSM publications from your local
music retailer and www.abrsm.org/shop.
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Teacher support
We provide regular workshops, seminars and courses for teachers.
Our annual conferences in the UK and South East Asia feature a range
of practical and thought-provoking sessions for instrumental and
vocal teachers at all stages of their careers.

In addition, our examiners
present workshops and meetings
for teachers as part of their
international examining tours.
We also work closely with Music
Services and Music Education
Hubs in the UK to provide
INSET days and seminars.
To keep up-to-date with
events and courses near you,
visit www.abrsm.org/events.

Find out more:
#ABRSMDiploma
T +44 (0)20 7467 8240
E [email protected]
www.abrsm.org/diplomas
www.abrsm.org/contacts
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