ABRSM diplomas (performance) consist of 3 sections:
2. Viva Voce and
3. Quick Study
The recital section involves performing in general at least 3 pieces of music; they should represent a balanced programme displaying a mixture of different musical periods, styles and moods.
The pieces are usually picked from repertoire lists given by the exam board. Less commonly, it is also possible to play other pieces or play as an accompanist up to a certain time limit.
Recital lengths required for ABRSM performance diplomas and TCL performance diplomas are:
|DipABRSM||35 mins ±10%||ATCL Performance||23-27 mins|
|ATCL Recital||30-35 mins|
|LRSM||40 mins ±10%||LTCL Recital||38-43 mins|
|FRSM||50 mins ±10%||FTCL Performance||43-48 mins|
Programme notes and Written Submission
Programme notes or a written submission (for FRSM) are prepared for the examiners. These notes should give information about the pieces performed and require progressively more detailed and technical information from one level to the next.
The written submission is handed in when registering for the exam and may not cover all the pieces performed. It is more analytical and requires more independent thought and research on particular aspects of the performed pieces.
Viva Voce generally involves discussing the pieces performed and the accompanying programme notes with the examiners. Questions commonly include choice of repertoire, style, musical language, technical aspects and structure.
Quick Study involves performing a short piece of music at sight. The candidate is given 5 min to study and try out the piece before the performance. Playing the piece with fundamentals like rhythm, key, general tempo and character in place as well as paying attention to details like dynamics, accents, tempo changes, key changes or time changes are important in this test.
A pass in each of the sections - Recital, Viva Voce and Quick Study is required for a pass in the overall exam. The passing mark is 40%. If any section is unsuccessful, a retake is allowed within 3 years of the initial attempt.
For more details on ABRSM diploma exams, please see www.abrsm.org/exams/diplomas.