Piano Teachers with Diplomas usually command a higher rate than teachers with just Grade 8 in practical & Theory. Some parents & students are not sure about the piano teacher’s diplomas. So, here is some basic information on the diplomas DipABRSM, LRSM & FRSM in a glance.

ABRSM, The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music or ABRSM is an educational body that provides examinations in music. ABRSM Graded exams in Piano and Diplomas are highly sought after and respected in Singapore. Often referred to simply as the “Associated Board”, or “the Royal Schools of Music”, the organisation is based in London, but runs examination centres all over the world.


There are three subjects for diplomas: * Music Performance
* Music Direction
* Instrumental/ Vocal Teaching

For each subject, there are 3 levels of Diploma:

Diploma of The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (DipABRSM)
Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (LRSM)
Fellowship of the Royal Schools of Music (FRSM)

When all the 3 subjects of DipABRSM is achieved, the student could go for LRSM then FRSM.

By looking at the outline of various Diploma requirements, you can understand how it works:

  Subjects Pre-requisits
DipABRSM Music Performance ABRSM Grade 8 Practical
LRSM Music Performance DipABRSM: Music Performance
FRSM Music Performance LRSM: Music Performance


  Subjects Pre-requisits
DipABRSM Music Direction ABRSM Grade 8 Practical
LRSM Music Direction DipABRSM: Music Direction
FRSM Music Direction LRSM: Music Direction


  Subjects Pre-requisits
DipABRSM Instrumental/ Vocal Teaching -ABRSM Grade 8 Practical
– ABRSM Grade 6 Theory
– 18 years or older at the time of entry
LRSM Instrumental/ Vocal Teaching DipABRSM: Principals of instrumental / vocal teaching
FRSM Music Education LRSM: Music Direction

Other sought after diplomas in Piano Teachers in Singapore:


NAFA (Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts)
Diploma in Music Performance
BA (Hons) in Music (Validated by the University of Wales, UK)
Diploma in Music Teaching For pianists keen in pursuing the Diplomas with ABRSM, you could get more info at http://gb.abrsm.org/en/our-exams/diplomas/

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