New ABRSM Piano Syllabus (for 2017 and 2018)

ABRSM has released a new Piano syllabus for candidates taking exams in 2017 and 2018.

It includes 158 newly selected pieces across all eight grades, and is supported by a range of support products including books and CDs.

Browse the new books here.

Repertoire from the new lists can be used in ABRSM exams from January 2017. No changes have been made to the requirements for scales, sight-reading and aural tests.

Pieces to inspire piano players

The syllabus offers a broad selection of inspiring pieces that have been carefully selected to offer variety and new challenges to teachers and learners alike. It features a range of works from composers from around the world.

Penny Milsom, ABRSM’s Executive Director: Products and Services, said: “We’ve listened to and consulted with teachers and candidates to select pieces for our syllabuses that are exciting, imaginative and inspiring to play and teach.”

“There’s a wide selection of repertoire to suit all learners, with music from the movies, popular classics and future favourites as well as gems by Bach, Mozart, Schumann, Chopin and Schubert. Look out for Rob Hall’s Asian Tiger Prowl at Grade 1 and Pete Churchill’s sassy new arrangement of the Disney classic, Cruella de Vil, at Grade 7, as well as the well-loved Debussy classic, Dr Gradus ad Parnassum, at Grade 8.“

Popular choices from previous syllabuses and pieces and arrangements that have been specially commissioned by ABRSM are complemented by many newly selected works.

In tandem with the repertoire refreshment for Piano, ABRSM has also taken the opportunity to update the pieces and requirements for Piano Prep Test students.

Supporting resources

ABRSM has published eight volumes of Piano Exam Pieces, providing a selection of music for Grades 1 to 8, with recordings available on CD or as individual audio downloads. ABRSM’s Encore and Piano Mix books also feature alternative pieces for Grades 1-3. Teaching Notes on Piano Exam Pieces will be made available for all eight grades for the first time. Written by expert piano teachers and examiners, this year’s edition includes helpful information about the exam marking criteria with a focus on the elements of pitch, time, tone, shape and performance.


ABRSM Grade 1 Piano