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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) and recordings (Grades 1–8)
  • 1 January 2019: Piano syllabus 2019 & 2020 comes into effect

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What’s new

  • 100% refreshed repertoire

No change to scales

We've been considering making changes to the scales and arpeggios requirements and some of you may have been involved in this consultation.

Following extensive feedback from both expert consultants and piano teachers using our exams, we've decided to extend this fruitful period of consultative and developmental work and therefore won't publish new scale requirements for this syllabus.

We intend to publish new scales for the 2021 & 2022 syllabus and will give you as much notice as possible about any future changes.

Syllabus validity

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

  • 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);
  • scales, 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

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

More information coming soon.

Harp syllabus from 2019 (Pedal and Non-pedal)

We'll be publishing two separate syllabuses for Pedal Harp and Non-pedal Harp based on the previous single Harp syllabus (from 2005). We're replacing a small number of pieces but the majority will stay the same. All other requirements – scales and arpeggios, sight-reading, aural tests – will stay the same.

Key dates

  • 20 September 2018: Online publication of Harp syllabus from 2019 (Pedal and Non-pedal)
  • 1 January 2019: Harp syllabus from 2019 (Pedal and Non-pedal) comes into effect

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What’s new

  • Separate syllabuses for Pedal Harp and Non-pedal Harp, based on the previous single syllabus
  • Candidates enter for either a Harp (Pedal) or a Harp (Non-pedal) exam and the specific instrument will appear on mark forms and certificates
  • A clearer presentation of the syllabus requirements 
  • Syllabuses available to view online and download as individual PDFs – we're not printing a new syllabus booklet for Harp
  • We're replacing a small number of pieces – you can find out which pieces are being replaced here
  • All other requirements – scales and arpeggios, sight-reading and aural tests – are staying the same

Syllabus validity

The Harp syllabus from 2019 (Pedal and Non-Pedal) comes into effect on 1 January 2019.

Syllabus overlap

Candidates who've been preparing any of the small number of replaced pieces can play them in exams worldwide until 31 December 2019.

More information coming soon.

Harpsichord, Organ and Percussion 

All syllabus requirements for 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.

 

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