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ABRSM Practical Grade Piano Exam Course, Grade 1

Model: PB01
Founded in 1889, ABRSM is the world's leading provider of music exams, holding over 650,000 assessments in more than 90 countries every year. ABRSM's mission is: to nurture a love for music, and to inspire achievement in it. Practical Grade Piano exams consist of three pieces, scales and arpeggios, sight-reading, and aural tests. Total marks are 150: Pass 100, Merit 120 and Distinction 130. There are nine levels of assessment for Piano: Initial Grade and Grades 1 to 8.

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2021 & 2022 ABRSM Practical Grade Piano Grade 1

 

THREE PIECES: one chosen by the student from each of the three Lists, A, B and C;

Students may perform a duet for one of their three pieces.

 

A     COMPOSER               PIANO PIECE / WORK / ARRANGER

1    Anon.                         A Toy (No. 193 from Fitzwilliam Virginal Book)

2    Mozart                        Minuet in C, K. 6

3    Trad. English              Parson’s Farewell (from The English Dancing Master), arr. Blackwell with repeat

4    Dennis Alexander        Sonatina, primo part, DUET

5    attrib. J. S. Bach          Choral ‘Deal with Me, Lord’, BWV 514

6    Gurlitt                         The Chase/The Hunt (No. 15 from First Lessons for the Piano, Op. 117)

7    Handel                       Gavotte in C ornaments optional

8    M. Helyer                   Haymaking (from The Greenwood Tree)

9    Türk                           Arioso in F (No. 1 from 12 Handstücke)

10 Elsie Wells                 Courante, primo part, DUET

 

B     COMPOSER               PIANO PIECE / WORK / ARRANGER

1    Schumann                  Melodie (No. 1 from Album für die Jugend, Op. 68)

2    Chee-Hwa Tan           The Swing (from Through the Windowpane)

3    Trad. Irish                   Down by the salley gardens, arr. Blackwell

4    Dennis Alexander        Reflections (from Just for You and Me, Book 1), primo part, DUET

5    Alwyn                         The Trees are Heavy with Snow

6    R. R. Bennett             Friday (from Seven Days a Week)

7    Jessie Blake               The Little White Cloud

8    Grechaninov              Fairy Tale (No. 1 from Children’s Album, Op. 98)

9    Helen Madden           The Forgotten Forest, primo part, DUET

10 Borislava Taneva         Small Valse, with repeat

 

C     COMPOSER               PIANO PIECE / WORK / ARRANGER

1    Elissa Milne                Cockatoo (No. 9 from Very Easy Little Peppers)

2    Papp                          Szöcske (No. 15 from 22 Kis Zongoradarab)

3    Pam Wedgwood          The Detective (No. 6 from Up-Grade! Piano Grades 1–2)

4    June Armstrong          Sunlight Through the Trees

5    Elias Davidsson           The Frog (from The Gift of Music)

6    Alison Mathews           Woodland Folk Song, primo part, DUET

7    Jane Sebba                Latin Laughter, primo part; play the 6ths in bb. 10 & 28, DUET

8    Barbara Snow             Jazzy Dragon (from Animal Jazz)

9    Trad. Ewe (Ghanaian) Tu tu Gbovi, arr. Chapman Nyaho, primo part, DUET

10 Trad. Jamaican              Mango Walk, arr. Cornick

 

ABRSM SCALES AND ARPEGGIOS: from memory; played legato and in even notes;

 

RANGE

REQUIREMENTS

SCALES (SIMILAR MOTION)

C major

1 oct.

hands together

G, F majors

2 oct.

hands seperately

A, D minor (natural or harmonic or melodic, at candidate’s choice)

CONTRARY-MOTION SCALE

C major

1 oct.

hands starting on the tonic (unison)

ARPEGGIOS

G major

1 oct.

hands separately

A minor

 

ABRSM SIGHT-READING PRACTICE

Students will be asked to play a short unaccompanied piece of music which they have not seen before. They will be given half a minute to look through and, if they wish, try out all or any part of the test before they are asked to play it for assessment.

Sight-reading parameters

Length

(bars)

Time

Keys

Hand Position

 

3/4

G, F majors

A minor

any 5-finger position

 

ABRSM AURAL TRAINING

One piece given by the piano teacher from the piano

A. To clap the pulse of a piece played by the piano teacher, and to identify whether it is in two time or three time.

B. To sing as ‘echoes’ three phrases played by the piano teacher.

C. To identify where a change in pitch occurs during a phrase played by the piano teacher.

D. To answer questions about two features of a piece played by the piano teacher.