Advanced search

ABRSM piano grade 1 pieces

(16 Posts)
PetraDelphiki Sun 21-Dec-14 06:34:36

Is there any simple way to get hold of the 3 pieces from each section that aren't in the main book to look at? Without buying a separate book for each piece?

I'd sort of expected that the teacher would have copies...but seemingly most teachers don't know there are even choices outside the three in the book!!!

Alternatively if anyone had copies of the others they could loan me (2015-2016 syllabus) I would be really grateful! Happy to buy own copy of them if dd chooses one for her exam - but I don't really fancy spending £60+ on books just to look at the pieces and say "no"!!!

LIZS Sun 21-Dec-14 08:24:13

County Music library, can you contact other parents whose dc are a grade or 2 ahead ?

Primrose123 Sun 21-Dec-14 08:49:09

You could try the library.

I'm sure most teachers know about the additional pieces, but as the syllabus changes every two years, they can't possibly buy all the books. There are nine additional pieces (16 for flute!) per grade and eight grades, it would cost a fortune!

You can listen to the additional pieces on the ABRSM website to see if you like them, and then buy the books yourself.

Noteventhebestdrummer Sun 21-Dec-14 08:57:16

I really recommend that your DD chooses pieces using her ears, you cab download a complete set of Gd 1 recordings from for £7.94.
Looking at the music is often deceptive in terms of how accessible each piece is, even for experienced players.
I like my students to listen to each piece and to write a list showing how much they like each one, just a happy/indifferent/sad face for each is helpful and informative for me about what kind of music appeals to each individual.

TheFirstOfHerName Sun 21-Dec-14 09:03:38

We usually buy the CD, get the DC to listen to all of them then choose with the help of their teacher.

Worriedandlost Sun 21-Dec-14 10:27:05

You can listen to the pieces on youtube

Fleurdelise Wed 24-Dec-14 08:31:03

We bought the ABRSM grade 1 book with cd and then after my DD heard all of them she chose A2 from the book, B6 and C6 from the alternative pieces and I bought just the two extra books.

CURIOUSMIND Wed 24-Dec-14 19:08:20

There is a book like this every other year. But I can't find the new one yet.

JulieMichelleRobinson Sun 28-Dec-14 18:24:48

Just ABRSM grades 1-8 "selected pieces" books, without the CDs, comes to around £50. Add Trinity and LCM, jazz syllabus, Rockschool, and the fact that I also teach other instruments and theory... Buying all that every two years is bad enough. If I have copies of alternative pieces, or we can listen and like it, that's one thing...

FastLoris Sun 04-Jan-15 01:31:57

For anything out of copyright - you can try the free online sheet music library at They usually have some of the pieces. I think I found the Gedike and the Bartok from this year's grade 1 there. Haven't looked for the others.

Otherwise youtube. There are sometimes people who put up youtube clips of a recording with the sheet music scrolling past. So you can get an idea of what's involved even if you can't actually play through it.

VenusRising Sun 04-Jan-15 02:45:28

Don't you need to have original copies when they do the exam though for legal copyright reasons?

We get ours out from the library for the exam period, making sure to get them back promptly for the next student.

You can photocopy them for your own private use, but not to distribute.

You have to play them exactly as written if you're giving a public recital- no variations or it's copyright breach.

JulieMichelleRobinson Sun 04-Jan-15 13:40:57

IMSLP is fine as the pieces there aren't subject to copyright law. It's a good source for Bach etc. however most early grade pieces are recent compositions and wouldn't be on there.

You need originals for the exams but not necessarily your own (could be borrowed) and not always the edition listed (unless the exam piece is an arrangement or simplification). Rockschool are stricter and stamp your exam books so nobody else can use them.

JulieMichelleRobinson Sun 04-Jan-15 13:42:11

Also, there are variations in every live recital... ;-) I mean, I don't have to use marked bowings or fingerlings!

NoLongerJustAShopGirl Sun 04-Jan-15 13:54:45

My dd is doing G5 - she used out of the book pieces mainly - just 2 pieces were from the alternatives in the past exams .

Going off book does give an advantage in that the examiners hear those pieces less (unless it was Sleeping beauty a few years ago!!).

They do choose some of the dullest pieces for the tests though.

NoLongerJustAShopGirl Sun 04-Jan-15 14:05:19

Oh, and the only way to choose is to listen - do not look at the music. They are all "of the standard" so you should choose something that sounds pleasing to the player - not something that "doesn't look too tricky" because it will be just as tricky as the others, just in different ways.

If it looks simple, is of slower speed, has fewer dynamics, whatever... a heck of a lot more musical interpretation is required to make it sound good and gain top marks.

If going for grade 1, you may also not be aware that musicality is much more important than accuracy of each note - I used to be a bit control-freaky about practise "you need to play the right note" - until I was told off by the piano teacher who said "No - you need to play it nicely"

FastLoris Sun 04-Jan-15 16:28:58

Don't you need to have original copies when they do the exam though for legal copyright reasons?

That's an interesting point. The regulations say that you're supposed to have originals for the exam so as not to infringe copyright. But they also say you can use any edition you want. Since the editions on IMSLP are all in the public domain, printing out copies is not infringing copyright.

At any rate my understanding was that the OP mostly just wanted some way to check out the pieces before buying them.

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, watch threads, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now »

Already registered? Log in with: