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Exam refunds

To support customers affected by ongoing COVID restrictions, for Practical and Performance Grade exams from 1 January to 31 May 2021 any absent candidate will automatically receive a refund. This includes Performance Grades where the candidate has been unable to record and upload their video. You do not need to contact us to request a refund. However, it will help us if you can log in to your account and cancel the exam.

For Online Music Theory exams and any paper based exams taking place outside of the UK/Ireland we anticipate COVID restrictions will not prevent candidates from sitting their exam so absentee candidates will not automatically receive a refund and our normal Withdrawal, Non-attendance and Fee Refunds Policy still applies.

Performance Grade booking

We will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Please check here for dates and fees.

Music Theory exams – March 2021

  • Online Music Theory exams (Grades 1 to 5) – we are cancelling the online exams planned for 16 March. Exams in May and June will go ahead as planned.
  • Paper Music Theory exams (Grades 6 to 8) – the next exams will take place in June. Please note, dates and booking periods for Grades 1-5 and Grades 6-8 may be different from now on. For full details, see our dates and fees page.
  • Grade 5 Music Theory requirement - from 1 January to 30 April 2021 only, candidates can take Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical exams without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. From 1 May 2021, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return with flexibility about timing. If you receive an email asking for your proof of prerequisite, please ignore this. We will still release any results in line with the arrangements outlined here.

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ABRSM’s Classical 100 is a fantastic collection of 100 carefully selected pieces of music and activities for you to share with your families over the coming weeks.

Now, thanks to special support from our friends at Decca Classics and Classic FM, you and your families can enjoy listening and learning together too!

Bring the magic of music into your living room!

Classical 100 features 100 pieces of classical music, ranging from Bach to Bernstein and Handel to Haydn. You can sort the music by mood, instrument, style and historical period, or any other way that suits you. 

Make musical learning more engaging

Each of the 100 pieces features its own musical challenge.

Challenge your children to complete the activities. Listen, learn and explore all 100 pieces. The challenges are fun and flexible enough to use in a number of ways – from short starter activities to longer pieces of work spanning a few hours. 

Accessible and available for free this summer

You don’t have to be a music teacher to use Classical 100. 

Each challenge includes a helpful guide and all the resources you may need to get started so everyone can bring the magic of music into their homes.

Play our Classical 100 quiz!

How did Classical 100 come about?

Classical 100 was developed by industry experts with a wealth of primary teaching knowledge and professional experience compiling syllabuses and other education materials, and has been rigorously tested by a broad community of teachers, music services and music education experts.

Michael Elliott, Chief Executive at ABRSM: “Classical 100 is about igniting enthusiasm for, and keeping children engaged in, music. This is really important for all of us and is part of ABRSM’s commitment to support and inspire achievement in music.”

How does the resource support the curriculum?

England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Classical 100 can be used to meet the National Curriculum’s Key Stage 1 Attainment Target: ‘to listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music’. 

At Key Stage 2, it can also be used to ‘appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians’ and ‘develop an understanding of the history of music’. 

The sorting tool allows you to search by historical period, giving pupils a greater understanding of how music has evolved over time. Music can also be found by instrument, helping them to recognise and identify particular qualities of tone and timbre.

Each of the 100 pieces now features its own musical challenge, encouraging students to compose and create their own music, develop their performing skills and demonstrate musical knowledge and understanding.              


Classical 100 can be used to meet some of the First-level outcomes of Curriculum for Excellence, being an appropriate resource particularly for EXA 1-19a: ‘I have listened to a range of music and can respond by discussing my thoughts and feelings’.

For example, if a teacher wants to exemplify music of a gentle, calm mood, Classical 100 will lead them to a list including Grieg’s ‘Morning Mood’ from Peer Gynt Suite, or if they’re exploring energetic, dramatic music they could discover ‘O Fortuna’ from Orff’s Carmina Burana.

Classical 100 can also be used to meet a range of the Expressive Arts experiences and outcomes from Early to Second level, particularly for EXA 0-18a, EXA 1-18a, EXA 2-18a.

Inspired by a range of stimuli, and working on their own and/or with others, students can express and communicate their ideas, thoughts and feelings through a range of musical activities.

INSET session 

From September, you can request an INSET session on Classical 100. Find out more.

Sign up for Classical 100

Join the thousands of schools already using Classical 100.

It’s simple to get started – just sign up with your primary school email address.

Classical 100 was developed in collaboration with Classic FM and Decca Classics, and is s
upported by the Department for Education.


“Classical 100 offers exciting opportunities for teachers and pupils to explore and enjoy a wide range of classical music. The 100 pieces are a perfect stimulus for storytelling, drama and dance, with lots of ideas for music-making activities. The resource is ideal for introducing pupils to the joy of classical music, where pupils can improve their aural skills in identifying a range of orchestral instruments along with interpreting the emotions of the music while developing concentration in listening skills.”

Kate Picken, Music Teacher and Youth Music Development Officer in Dumfries & Galloway Council

“The children clearly loved taking part in the Classical 100 lessons, they were intrigued by the challenge titles and are looking forward to taking part in their next challenge and collecting more stars. It was great to be asked 'when can we do our next challenge?' at the end of the session!”

Helen Wiles, Leader of the Arts at St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

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