Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass exams consist of three pieces, scales and arpeggios, sight-reading, and aural tests. Total marks in all individual Practical exams are 150. You need 100 marks to achieve Pass, 120 marks to pass with Merit and 130 marks to pass with Distinction.

Select a grade using the links below to view the syllabus and supporting materials for that grade.

Bowed Strings syllabus 2020–2023, from Initial Grade to Grade 8

Publications and audio

Supporting apps

Aural Trainer

Aural Trainer features interactive challenges to develop your aural skills and make aural practice more engaging.

Music Case

Music Case is a free practice app that helps students to understand the progress they are making over time, increasing their motivation to keep learning.

Scales Trainer

Scales Trainer helps increase fluency with ABRSM scales and arpeggios requirements.

Theory Works

Theory Works helps bring music theory to life with fun and engaging challenges at Grades 1–5.

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