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ARSM stands for Associate of the Royal Schools of Music. 

A new diploma offered by ABRSM which designed to bridges the gap between ABRSM Grade 8 and DipABRSM which is available from Jan 2017. 


What are the components?

The student needs to prepare a 30 minutes recital. 

  • up to 10 minutes Grade 8 standard pieces or can be own-choice repertoire

  • at least 20 minutes from the ARSM repertoire list (Same as DipABRSM) 

Who should take this?

This is suitable for student:-

  • who has not ready to go for higher diploma DipABRSM which involves many other components. 

  • who wants to get a professional qualification by having letters after people's name

  • who returning to piano after achieving Grade 8 years ago. 

Do I need Grade 8 in Piano? 

Grade 8 in piano is a prerequisite. 

What is the marking scheme?

  • Pieces presented 30%

  • Performance as a whole 20%

​Total 50%

What is the passing mark?

Distinction = 45-50%
Merit = 40-44%
Pass = 34-39%