ABRSM Keyboard Piano

ABRSM Piano Grade 1 2019/2020

The ABRSM Grade 1 piano exam is composed of four elements:

  1. Pieces
  2. Scales & Arpeggios
  3. Sight-Reading
  4. Aural Tests

ABRSM exams are graded with a mark out of 150, with 100 being the minimum mark to pass. The grading systems works as follows:

  • 100-119 = PASS
  • 120-129 = MERIT
  • 130-150 = DISTINCTION
  1. PIECES

Each piece is worth up to 30 marks, so combined this makes 90 potential marks and the most significant contributor of the final exam mark. Here is a list of the pieces for the 2019/2020 syllabus.

There are three lists (A,B and C) of pieces for this exam. The candidate performs three pieces in the exam, choosing one from each list.

LIST A

Attwood – Theme (from Theme and Variations, Sonatina No.4 in D) – Piano Exam Pieces 2019 & 2020, Grade 1 (ABRSM)

Duncombe – Minuet in C (from First Book of Progressive Lessons) – Piano Exam Pieces 2019 & 2020, Grade 1 (ABRSM)

Anon. English – Agincourt Song, arr. Hammond – Piano Exam Pieces 2019 & 2020, Grade 1 (ABRSM)

W.F. Bach – Air in A minor – The Joy of First Classics, Book 2 (Yorktown Music Press)

Haydn – Quadrille – Classics to Moderns, Book 1 (Yorktown Music Press) or Pathways to Artistry: Masterworks Book 2 (Alfred)

Turk – A Lovely Day – Pathways to Artistry: Masterworks Book 2 (Alfred)

LIST B

Brahms – Wiegenlied (No. 4 from Five Songs, Op. 49), arr. Litten – Piano Exam Pieces 2019 & 2020, Grade 1 (ABRSM)

Oestern – The Echo (No.14 from Mayflowers, Op. 61) – Piano Exam Pieces 2019 & 2020, Grade 1 (ABRSM)

Swinstead – The Lonely Road (No. 6 from Work and Play) – Piano Exam Pieces 2019 & 2020, Grade 1 (ABRSM)

Bartok – Quasi adagio (No. 3 from For Children, Vol. 1) – Bartók: For Children, Vol. 1 (Boosey & Hawkes)

Andrew Eales – Head in the Clouds – Piano Star 3 (ABRSM)

Andrew Lloyd Webber – Close every door (from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), arr. Bullard – The Graded Piano Player, Grades 1–2 (Faber)

LIST C

Happy Day – Piano Exam Pieces 2019 & 2020, Grade 1 (ABRSM)

Who Said Mice? (from Cats) – Piano Exam Pieces 2019 & 2020, Grade 1 (ABRSM)

The Egyptian Level – Piano Exam Pieces 2019 & 2020, Grade 1 (ABRSM)

In the Scrum (from Cool Piano Sport, Grade 1–2) – Heather Hammond: Cool Piano Sport, Grade 1–2 (Kevin Mayhew)

Gospel Song (No. 2 from On the Lighter Side: 16 Pieces for Solo Pianowith straight quavers; observing alternative ending – John Kember: On the Lighter Side: 16 Pieces for Solo Piano (Schott)

The Witch (No. 7 from Hansel & Gretel) – S. Wilson: Hansel & Gretel (Forsyth)