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 Announcement, ABRSM Piano 2021 & 2022 Publications

The new ABRSM Piano syllabus offers teachers and students more choice than ever before, with new features that will appeal to learners of all grades. The repertoire lists are completely refreshed and are organised in a revised structure, with a move away from lists devised solely by period of composition, to a greater focus on the style of the music.

The new Piano Exam Pieces books each feature a selection of nine pieces from the syllabus at grades initial - 8, covering lists A, B, and C. Meticulously edited and presented, these volumes comprise rich and varied repertoire from which to create an exciting programme for an exam or concert. Each volume also includes helpful footnotes and syllabus information.

Audio recordings of the nine pieces in each book, as well as all the alternative pieces on the syllabus at each grade, are available for grades initial-8 on CD as part of the book and CD package.

Piano Exam Pieces 2021 & 2022

This book contains nine pieces from ABRSM's grade 5 piano syllabus for 2021 & 2022, three pieces chosen from each list (A, B and C). The pieces have been carefully selected to offer an attractive and varied range of styles, creating a collection that provides an excellent source of repertoire to suite everyone.

Grades 1 - 8 also available here

Available Format: Sheet Music

Containing nine pieces from the new grade five piano syllabus. Edition with book and CD.

Grades 1 - 8 also available here

Available Format: Sheet Music/CD

Following an extensive review of their existing piano scale requirements, involving a panel of consultants and input from teachers across the globe, ABRSM have developed a revised set of requirements for use in exams from January 2021. These convenient books of scales and arpeggios contain valuable practice material, provide essential support, and fully reflect the new syllabus requirements from 2021.

Grades 1 - 8 also available here

Available Format: Sheet Music

Piano Initial Grade 2021 & 2022

ABRSM has now introduced this brand-new pre-grade one assessment for piano after the success of the initial exam for other instruments. The initial exam follows the same structure, content, and assessment criteria as ABRSM's existing graded music exams, with three pieces, scales, sight-reading and aural tests. The initial grade is designed to allow learners at the earliest stages of their musical journeys to celebrate their achievement and is an ideal qualification for those who want a mark as well as helpful feedback. Browse the range of initial grade books below.

Carefully selected to offer an attractive and varied range of styles, creating a collection that provides an excellent source of repertoire to suit every performer.

Book with CD also available here.

Available Format: Sheet Music

This book contains all the scales and arpeggios required for ABRSM's initial grade piano exam. It covers all the new requirements from 2021.

Available Format: Sheet Music

This book contains valuable practice material for ABRSM's initial graded piano exam. Representative of the technical level expected in the exam.

Grades 1 - 8 also available here

Available Format: Sheet Music

Aural tests are an integral part of all ABRSM practical graded music exams. The specimen aural tests provide teachers with many practice examples of the tests and are ideal for use when preparing for an exam.

Grades 1 - 8 also available here

Available Format: Sheet Music

Piano Star Duets

Compiled and edited by David Blackwell and Karen Marshall, Piano Star Duets is an exciting book of twenty-six duets at early beginner to grade two level, containing fun new compositions and arrangements in a variety of styles from thirteen leading educational composers. All pieces have been tried out - and approved! - by children. This collection will capture the imagination of young pianists everywhere as they are introduced to the joy of ensemble playing.

Duets in a variety of configurations are included - with duets for two pupils of a similar standard, for pupil and teacher, or pupils of different standards, and also some trios. A wide range of musical styles are incorporated in the book, from traditional melodies to jazz and pop-style pieces.

Piano Star Duets is an exciting book of twenty-six duets at early beginner to grade two level, containing fun new compositions and arrangements in a variety of styles by leading educational composers.

Available Format: Sheet Music

Scale Explorer

Scale Explorer for Piano is a new set of books for students learning their scales. The five books cover the new requirements (from 2021) for ABRSM's scales at grades 1-5, and include activities that will encourage students to learn, explore and remember the fingering patterns and keys for the grade. Key features include: workouts to help establish the fingering patterns by breaking each scale and arpeggio into small sections; tips and hints to help students remember the characteristics of individual scales; and short, tuneful pieces that incorporate scale and arpeggio patterns, showing how the scales are used in music and providing lots of reading and playing opportunities. Short 'Tune Factory' activities give learners the opportunity to compose their own melodies within the scale key, and a scales chart with tick boxes in each book helps students keep track of their scales practice. Packed with engaging activities that give students the building blocks to achieve and progress in this vital but often challenging skill, Scale Explorer for Piano brings a sense of discovery and creativity to learning scales.

Scale Explorer for Piano is a creative resource for students learning their scales and arpeggios. This book covers ABRSM's new syllabus requirements (from 2021) at grade 3 and includes engaging activities that bring scales to life through short pieces, improvisation, composition, and exercises.

Grades 1 - 5 available here

Available Format: Sheet Music

Teaching Notes on Piano Exam Pieces 2021 & 2022

This new edition of Teaching Notes offers invaluable guidance for all piano teachers on the eighty-one pieces included in the grades initial-8 Piano Exam Pieces 2021 & 2022 books. In a clear and easy-to-use layout, the notes for each piece feature teaching ideas relating to three areas of learning: musical context, technical challenges, and performance and interpretation. An indispensable companion to the new syllabus!

Helpful notes written by experienced piano teachers, includes a forward from Chief Examiner John Holmes. Creative ideas to support and inspire your teaching, with practical solutions to technical challenges.

Available Format: Sheet Music

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