Includes bibliographic references (page 261-266) and index.
I. The background. Music exams and Victorian society; Competing for candidates: TCL, ABRSM and the Society of Arts
II. The Board established, 1889-1920. The ABRSM idea and the first exams, 1889-91; The early history, 1892-1920; The ABRSM and the 'British World'
III. The institutional culture, 1920-83.The inter-war years; The Board in wartime; The post-war Board; Too much success: the 1960s and 1970s
IV. The Board revived, 1983-2009; The reconstitution, 1983-5; Reconnecting with its market: the Smith Years, 1983-92; Redefining its role: the Morris years, 1993-2009.
Details how the ABRSM became such a formative influence and looks at some of the consequences resulting from its pre-eminent position in British musical life. Its exploration of how the ABRSM negotiated music's changing social, educational and cultural landscape casts fresh light on the challenges facing music education today.