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Updates released for the Singing for Musical Theatre syllabus

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ABRSM have today (3 December 2020) released updates to their Singing for Musical Theatre syllabus, so that it now offers a pathway for musical theatre singers from Grade 1 through to Grade 8.

ABRSM’s Learning & Qualifications Director, Philippa Bunting says:

“We are delighted today to be laying out a pathway in Singing for Musical Theatre all the way to Grade 8. Building on the available options for Grades 1 to 3, at Grades 4 and 5 musical theatre singers have a choice of a Practical Grade complete with aural tests and sight-singing specially created for the genre, or a Performance Grade with its focus on creating the performance as a whole. For Grades 6 to 8 we have concentrated on drawing together a rich and energising choice of repertoire from which to create Performance Grade programmes, with the Practical Grade option to follow.”

ABRSM’s Singing for Musical Theatre syllabus features literally hundreds of songs from stage and screen spanning the last century right up to current West End and Broadway shows. This wide range of carefully chosen songs is arranged into graded lists, updated annually to include both new and rediscovered material.

To support learners and teachers working towards Singing for Musical Theatre Grades 4 and 5, ABRSM has also today published Sample Aural and Sight-Singing test books, covering the supporting test elements of the Practical Grades, and new Songbooks containing a selection of repertoire suitable for either Practical or Performance Grades.

The new Singing for Musical Theatre syllabus is available for ABRSM exams from January 2021.

About Singing for Musical Theatre exams

ABRSM Singing for Musical Theatre exams started in 2019. They provide an opportunity for singers specialising in the Musical Theatre genre to gain internationally-recognised qualifications and develop skills to flourish in rehearsal, audition and performance situations.

Would you like to review ABRSM’s Singing for Musical Theatre syllabus products?

ABRSM always welcomes reviews of publications. Please contact ABRSM if you would be interested in reviewing the new Singing for Musical Theatre resources.

For more information about ABRSM’s Singing for Musical Theatre syllabus, visit



Established in 1889, ABRSM is the UK’s largest music education organisation, one of its largest music publishers and the world’s leading provider of music exams, offering assessments to more than 600,000 candidates in over 90 countries every year.

ABRSM’s mission is to inspire achievement in music. It does this globally by supporting music teaching and learning worldwide in partnership with four Royal Schools of Music: Royal Academy of Music; Royal College of Music; Royal Northern College of Music and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Everything ABRSM does supports musical journeys by giving people the tools they need to teach, learn, make and enjoy music. From assessments and books to digital resources and events, we use our expertise and experience to offer encouragement, guidance and inspiration for teachers and learners.

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