I hope you are all well and enjoying the summer.
You may be aware that the piano syllabus for the ABRSM practical exams get updated every 2 years. Thursday the 3rd July was the day chosen by the Board to launch the 2015 and 2016 piano syllabus.
There was a presentation given by a senior examiner, Timothy Barratt. He had the task of demonstrating and talking about every piece on the syllabus, all 158 of them. That was quite an undertaking for him and also for the audience! He was able to give a brief description of each piece, outline what examiners are looking for and one or two teaching tips on the way too.
As a piano teacher, musician as well as retailer, I couldn’t resist popping along to see what the new syllabus is all about. I have to say that the ABRSM should be pretty pleased with what they are offering. There is something for everyone! Their outlook is much wider too, embracing music from around the world.
The syllabus has the all important standard repertoire pieces, such as a Clementi Arietta in grade 1 and a Bach invention at grade 4 and then builds on that by having a Lullaby by the Lithuanian composer, Neugasimov at grade 2. There are pieces from Norway, Spain as well as from China across all grades.
Dip in to the ‘alternative’ list as well, these are pieces that are published separately from the main books. There are some real gems in there many of which I prefer from the selections in the books.
We may well be on holiday from school from around now, but having these new pieces to get stuck into won’t make the new term so daunting.
Have a good week!