Grade 1

Three pieces are to be played, freely chosen from the list below, to form a balanced programme. Instead of one piece, candidates may offer an own composition.
Only one duet may be chosen for the exam.
The following alternative pieces are also available:
  • We’re Off to See the Wizard
  • King William’s March
  • Bagatelle
  • Never Vex a Tyrannosaurus Rex!
  • Little March
  • Can-Can from Orpheus in the Underworld*
  • Ghosts!
  • Gavotte
  • The Brave Knight

Technical work

All sections to be prepared. (see page 12)

i) Scales

from memory — the examiner will select from the following:
  • F and G major
  • D and E minor (candidate’s choice of either harmonic or melodic or natural minor)
  • Chromatic scale in contrary motion starting on D
  • C major contrary motion

ii) Broken chords

from memory — the examiner will select from the following:

  • F and G major
  • D and E minor

iii) Exercises

music may be used

Candidates to prepare 1a or 1b; 2a or 2b; and 3a or 3b (three exercises in total)
The candidate will choose one exercise to play first; the examiner will then select one of the remaining two prepared exercises to be performed.
The exercises are contained in the book Piano Pieces & Exercises Grade 1 2015–2017.
  • 1a. Kit’s Waltz or
  • 1b. Stately Home
  • 2a. On the March or
  • 2b. The Hedgehog
  • 3a. Concertina or
  • 3b. The Worm