Everything You Need To Know About Piano Grades!

April 26, 2019

There are many factors to consider before enrolling your child for piano lessons. For those of you parents out there who will love your child to be well-versed in piano, you will definitely want to let your child go through the various piano grades, but how does the piano grades work? In this article, I will be sharing with you about everything you need to know about piano grades! 

 

The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) and Trinity College London (TCL) are the two most popular choice of music exams in Singapore. The main difference between the two music exams is the format in which the exams are conducted. 

 

ABRSM Format

 

The ABRSM music exam focuses on 4 elements, namely Scales & Arpeggios, Sight-Reading, Aural Tests and last but not least, 3 music pieces prepared by ABRSM themselves. The music exam is be graded by a point system, adding up to a total of 150 points. The breakdown of the points are as of the following:

 

1. 3 Prepared Music Piece - 30 points each; 90 points in total

2. Scales & Arpeggios - 21 points

3. Sight-Reading - 21 points

4. Aural Tests - 18 points

 

To pass, you will need to score at least 100 points. To achieve a Merit or Distinction, the student will be required to score 120 or 130 points respectively.

 

For more information regarding ABRSM's music exam format, take a look at their piano syllabus for the year 2019 & 2020. The prices for the ABRSM music exam can be found here

 

TCL Format

 

The TCL music exam, as compared to the ones conducted by ABRSM, are more flexible as their flexible graded exams allow the student to play their strengths. The TCL music exam is split into 3 sections, namely Pieces, Technical Work and Supporting Tests. The exam is also graded by a point system, adding up to a total of 100 points. The section explanation and point system is as of the following:

 

Grade 1 - 5:

1. Pieces (Choose 3 music pieces)

~ 22 points each; 66 points in total

2. Technical Work (Scales, Arpeggios & Exercises)

~ 14 points

3. Supporting Tests (Choose 2 out of 4 from sight reading, aural, improvisation and musical knowledge)

~ 20 points

 

Grade 6 & Above

1. Pieces (Choose 3 music pieces)

~ 22 points each; 66 points in total

2. Technical Work (Scales, Arpeggios & Exercises)

~ 14 points

3. Supporting Tests (Sight reading compulsory, choose 1 out of 3 from aural, improvisation and musical knowledge)

~ 10 points each, 20 points in total

 

To pass, you will need to score between 60-74. To achieve a Merit or Distinction, you will need to score between 75-86 points or 87-100 points respectively.

 

For more information regarding the TCL format, take a look at their piano syllabus by downloading the new piano syllabus from their website. The prices for the TCL music exam can be found here

 

 

I hope that the information on the music exams syllabus has helped you understand more about what to expect when you enrol your child for piano lessons and exams. Interested to kick start your child's piano journey? Visit our "Find Piano Teacher" session to hire a piano teacher today! We ensure that we meet all of your requirements and expectations of a piano teacher! 

 

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References:

1. Information on Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM)

2. Information on Trinity College London

 

 

Wen Feng is a passionate music aficionado. He is constantly on the search for new music to listen to, with a particular interest in classical music. Piano pieces have always been a great companion and kept him calm throughout his school and work life. 

 

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