As part of the 2020-2023 syllabus, ABRSM is introducing a new Initial Grade
exam for Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass with first exams taking place
from 1 January 2020.
The Initial Grade is a pre-Grade 1 assessment, following thesame structure,
content and assessment criteria as ABRSM’s existing graded music exams (three
pieces, scales, sight-reading and aural tests). It’s designed to allow
learners at the earliest stages of their musical journeys tocelebrate their
achievement, and is an ideal qualification for those who want a mark as well
as helpful feedback.
Aural tests are an integral part of all ABRSM Practical graded music exams.
The Specimen Aural Tests for Initial Grade provide teachers and students with
many practice examples of the tests to use as part of a music lesson or when
preparing for an exam.