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I've finished the Performance certificate from Trinity College London, and now I would like to continue with the ATCL Diploma from ABRSM. Does it include any theory parts that I need to pass before I take the exam?

  • Do you want to do a teacher diploma or performance? – Neil Meyer May 26 '15 at 9:53
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The diploma syllabus gives a full list of requirements and the equivalent qualifications from other boards. The DipABRSM requires grade 8 practical, which requires grade 5 theory. Grades from other boards are accepted but it also notes that grade 5 theory is required in addition, though from any board. All the higher diplomas require lower ones, so eventually require theory.

You can also substitute qualifications from music colleges;these generally have some theory component as well.

The syllabus is here and the information is under 'prerequisites and substitutes' (about page 20)

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With ABRSM, to take any grade higher than V in practical, one must pass grade V theory. Best bet is to look on the ABRSM site for FAQs, or to find a phone number to call - they are very helpful.

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ABRSM also has its own forums where you can get additional information.

LINK

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