Royal School of Music

ABRSM is the exam board of the Royal Schools of Music, delivering over 650,000 exams and assessments every year in 93 countries. ABRSM is committed to supporting high-quality music-making, learning and development throughout the world, and to producing the best possible resources for music teachers and students.

Royal Schools of Music

Our vision

We believe music has the power to enrich lives.

ABRSM will inspire more people to participate in music and motivate them to progress and achieve.

Our mission

To set standards in providing the highest quality music exams, services and resources, which engage and sustain ever more teachers and learners, enabling us to increase our support for music education.

Our offer

Delivering assessments

ABRSM is the leading authority on musical assessment. More than 600,000 candidates, in 93 countries, take our exams every year.

Providing publications and courses

As part of our commitment to excellence in music education, we provide a rich resource of materials, from albums of repertoire for the earliest stages of learning to scholarly editions of the great composers. Our online presence includes SoundJunction, our award-winning site for music learners.

We know that good teachers endeavour to enhance their professional skills. We support their continuing professional development through our innovative courses and online learning resources.

Supporting music education

To build on our 120 years inspiring generations of musicians, we provide charitable donations, scholarships and sponsorships, as well as acting as an advocate for music education. We do all we can to give music a voice in public life because we believe it has the power to change people’s lives.

ABRSM benefits from links with four leading UK conservatoires:            

Our values


Our passion for music and its positive impact on society drives everything that we do. We share that passion with all our audiences, and we believe everyone has the right to enjoy and excel at music.


Our standards are second to none and our success depends on our integrity, impartiality and authority.


We operate in an open, honest and inclusive way. We are interested in the needs and view of all those who are looking to develop their musical skills, so we can improve our service and products.


We are brave enough to try new things and capitalise on technological change. We are bold enough to speak up for what we believe in.


We value and support the efforts, and recognise the achievements, of teachers and learners at all levels. We treat everyone, outside and inside the organisation, with courtesy and respect.