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ABRSM launches new Singing for Musical Theatre exams at Grades 1-3

10 months ago

Supported by industry experts and stars from the West End!

“Whether you plan to use your Singing for Musical Theatre exam as a springboard for an audition, as preparation for the industry or simply because you love singing songs from musicals, it’s important you build all the skills you need to be a rounded and successful performer.”

 - Musical theatre performer, Kerry Ellis

From Gershwin to Sondheim, the West End to Disney, the songs in the new ABRSM Singing for Musical Theatre syllabus span the world of musical theatre across stage and screen, giving learners the opportunity to celebrate their achievements, through the established and globally recognised ABRSM graded exam structure.

ABRSM Chief Executive Michael Elliott said: “Industry experts and leading consultants have worked with us to create this appealing new syllabus. These exams will be authentic to the genre and capture the energy and fun of musical theatre, while giving learners a strong, structured environment in which to develop their technical and performance skills through the songs they love. We’ve designed the exam to support learners to be their very best.

“We are sure the new and attractive set of singing for musical theatre exams will be very appealing to a wide range of teachers and learners worldwide - both those already familiar with ABRSM, and those for whom our exams will be an exciting new venture.”

What you can look forward to

The songs featured in the ABRSM Singing for Musical Theatre exams have been carefully selected by industry experts to reflect the different dramatic contexts and genres within musical theatre. At Grades 1–3, the selected material encourages vocally safe singing for young and developing voices, as well as songs that are age-appropriate in content.

Rachel Lyske, Brit School teacher and ABRSM consultant, said: “Vocal health has been a massive consideration when selecting the ABRSM Singing for Musical Theatre repertoire - vocal challenges and demands increase at each grade. Due to the nature of ABRSM exams, the syllabus allows for a focus on the understanding of music and the technical aspects of singing.”

ABRSM Chief Examiner, John Holmes said: “As with the development of all our syllabuses, we have taken great care to create a clear, well-structured progressive pathway through the assessment of this popular genre. Singing for Musical Theatre exams are new to ABRSM’s exam offer, and new in terms of what’s available out there, but familiar in terms of what we do best - providing reliable milestones of musical achievement, marked according to solid, well-established principles.”

ABRSM is fully committed to making graded Singing for Musical Theatre exams available right up to Grade 8. Grades 4 and above will be following from 2019.


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