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Piano syllabus 2019 & 2020

Key dates

  • 7 June 2018: Publication of Piano syllabus 2019 & 2020
  • 7 June 2018: Publication of Piano Exam Pieces (Grades 1–8), recordings (Grades 1–8), and scale books (Grades 1–8)
  • 1 January 2019: Piano syllabus 2019 & 2020 comes into effect

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What’s new

  • 100% refreshed repertoire
  • New scale and arpeggio requirements

Syllabus validity

Piano syllabus for 2019 & 2020 comes into effect on 1 January 2019. This means that:

  • 2019 & 2020 scales and arpeggios must be presented;
  • 2017 & 2018 scales and arpeggios cannot be offered;
  • candidates can begin to present pieces from the 2019 & 2020 lists; 
  • candidates can continue to present pieces from the 2017 & 2018 lists during the overlap period (see below);
  • sight-reading and aural test requirements remain exactly the same as for the 2017 & 2018 syllabus.

Syllabus overlap

For candidates wishing to present pieces* drawn from the 2017 & 2018 syllabus, the following date limitations apply:

  • 31 May 2019: UK and Ireland only
  • 31 December 2019: All other countries

Scales and arpeggios from the 2017 & 2018 syllabus cannot be presented during this overlap period.

Guitar syllabus from 2019

Key dates

  • 6 September 2018: Publication of Guitar syllabus from 2019
  • 6 September 2018: Publication of Guitar Exam Pieces (Grades 1–5), downloadable recordings (Grades 1–8) and refreshed Prep Test
  • 1 January 2019: Guitar syllabus from 2019 comes into effect

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What’s new

  • Approximately 50% refreshed repertoire, with some of the most popular pieces retained from the 2009–2018 syllabus
  • More duets for Grades 1–3; duet option extended to Grades 4 and 5
  • ABRSM Guitar Exam Pieces (Grades 1–5) published for the first time
  • Refreshed Prep Test, including newly commissioned solos and duets

Syllabus validity

Guitar syllabus from 2019 comes into effect on 1 January 2019. This means that:

  • candidates can begin to present pieces from the new lists; 
  • candidates can continue to present pieces from the 2009–2018 lists during the overlap period (see below);
  • scales and arpeggios, sight-reading and aural test requirements remain exactly the same as for the 2009–2018 syllabus.

Syllabus overlap

For candidates wishing to present pieces drawn from the 2009–2018 syllabus, the following date limitations apply:

  • 31 May 2019: UK and Ireland only
  • 31 December 2019: All other countries

Harp, Harpsichord, Organ and Percussion 

All syllabus requirements for Harp (from 2005), Harpsichord (from 2009), Organ (from 2011) and Percussion (from 1990) will remain unchanged in 2019. From 2019, these syllabuses will only be available to view online and download as individual PDFs, and will no longer be printed in a syllabus booklet.

 

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