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Corrections and clarifications

When compiling our syllabuses, we make every effort to make sure that the information they contain is accurate and up to date. However, corrections are sometimes necessary after the syllabuses have been issued, for example, where publisher information has changed.

ARSM

A second edition of the ARSM syllabus has been published (February 2017). No changes have been made to any of the exam requirements but an appendix has been added giving details of the regulation of our qualifications and confirming that the ARSM has been placed at Level 4 in the UK Regulated Qualifications Framework.

Piano

J. S. Bach Toccata no.3 in D, BWV 912
In the Henle edition (126) this piece is listed as no. 5.

J. S Bach Toccata no.5 in E minor, BWV 914
In the Henle edition (126) this piece is listed as no. 2.

Bassoon (2018-2021)

Grade 1, C5, C6 and Grade 2, C4 Abracadabra Bassoon (A & C Black)

Please note that A & C Black publications are being rebranded as Collins Music.

Bowed Strings scales (from 2012)

Scale & arpeggio speeds for bowed strings

In the new ABRSM books of scales and arpeggios for Bowed Strings (published July 2011), minimum speeds are suggested for all requirements for the very first time.

This comes in response to requests from many teachers who found the former guidance – that the speeds should be dictated by the bowing – too vague. By publishing the tempi, we bring Bowed Strings into line with all the other ABRSM syllabuses.

After publication of the books, we’ve realized that we overestimated the speeds for the Grade 8 double-stop scales (in parallel) for Violin, Viola and Cello. These will be corrected to more moderate speeds at the next reprint of the books, as follows:

  • Violin: crotchet = 72 (down from 92)
  • Viola: crotchet = 66 (down from 84)
  • Cello: crotchet = 60 (down from 72)

Please note that all the speeds published in our scale books are given as suggested minimums only, and many candidates will be comfortable playing the requirements at faster speeds. Examiners will continue to assess the technical work as they have done previously, and so these changes do not alter any aspect of assessment in the actual exams.

Cello (2020–2023)

There are pieces on the 2020–2023 Bowed Strings syllabus that have been set for multiple instruments. For a list of these pieces and the compatible instrument lines see Compatible Pieces.

Initial Grade, A9 Trad.

Unfortunately the accompaniment symbol is missing in the printed syllabus booklet. The piano accompaniment for this piece is published separately.

Grade 1, C7 Thomas Gregory

Unfortunately the publication title is incorrect in the printed syllabus booklet. This piece is available in Vamoosh Cello, Book 1.

Grade 1, C8 Edward Huws Jones

Unfortunately the accompaniment symbol is missing in the printed syllabus booklet. The piano accompaniment for this piece is published separately.

Grade 5, A1 Passionei

Unfortunately the catalogue number is incorrect in the printed syllabus booklet. The correct catalogue number is Op. 1 No. 8.

Cello (2020–2023) – accompaniment books

The books marked + in the syllabus lists have additional accompaniment book(s) and these are published separately. For each grade we have provided a list of these publications along with the corresponding accompaniment book(s). The information is listed alphabetically by publisher.

Initial Grade

Publisher 

Book title

Accompaniment book(s)

Alfred

Suzuki Cello School, Vol. 1

Suzuki Cello School, Vol. 1, Piano accompaniment

Suzuki Ensembles for Cello, Vol. 1, arr. Mooney

Boosey & Hawkes

Edward Huws Jones: Ten O'Clock Rock for Cello

Edward Huws Jones: Ten O'Clock Rock, Piano accompaniment

Boosey & Hawkes

Stanley Fletcher: New Tunes for Strings, Cello Book 1

Stanley Fletcher: New Tunes for Strings, Teacher's Book 1

Boosey & Hawkes

Tetratunes for Cello, arr. Nelson

Tetratunes: teacher's book with accompaniments, arr. Nelson

Collins Music

Abracadabra Cello (Third Edition), arr. Passchier

Abracadabra Strings, Book 1, Piano accompaniments, arr. Hussey & Sebba

Faber

Ranger & Wilson: Stringpops 1 for Cello

Ranger & Wilson: Stringpops 1, Piano score

OUP

Cello Time Starters, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

Starters Teacher's Handbook, Accompaniments, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

Vamoosh

Vamoosh Cello, Book 1, arr. Gregory

Vamoosh String Book 1, Piano accompaniment, arr. Gregory


Grade 1

Publisher 

Book title

Accompaniment book(s)

Alfred

Suzuki Cello School, Vol. 1

Suzuki Cello School, Vol. 1, Piano accompaniment

Suzuki Ensembles for Cello, Vol. 1, arr. Mooney

Boosey & Hawkes

Edward Huws Jones: Ten O'Clock Rock for Cello

Edward Huws Jones: Ten O'Clock Rock, Piano accompaniment

Flying Strings

A Flying Start for Strings, Cello Book 3, arr. Thorp

A Flying Start for Strings, Piano accompaniments to Cello Books 1, 2 & 3, arr. Thorp

OUP

Cello Time Joggers, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

Cello Time Joggers, Piano accompaniment book, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

Cello Time Joggers, Cello accompaniment book, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

Vamoosh

Vamoosh Cello, Book 1, arr. Gregory

Vamoosh String Book 1, Piano accompaniment, arr. Gregory

Vamoosh

Vamoosh Cello, Book 2, arr. Gregory

Vamoosh String Book 2, Piano accompaniment, arr. Gregory


Grade 2

Publisher 

Book title

Accompaniment book(s)

Alfred

Suzuki Cello School, Vol. 1

Suzuki Cello School, Vol. 1, Piano accompaniment

Suzuki Ensembles for Cello, Vol. 1, arr. Mooney

Collins Music

Abracadabra Cello (Third Edition), arr. Passchier

Abracadabra Strings, Book 1, Piano accompaniments, arr. Hussey & Sebba

OUP

Cello Time Runners, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

Cello Time Runners, Piano accompaniment book, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

Cello Time Runners, Cello accompaniment book, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

Vamoosh

Vamoosh Cello, Book 2, arr. Gregory

Vamoosh String Book 2, Piano accompaniment, arr. Gregory


Grade 3

Publisher 

Book title

Accompaniment book(s)

Alfred

Suzuki Cello School, Vol. 2

Suzuki Cello School, Vol. 2, Piano accompaniment

 

Suzuki Ensembles for Cello, Vol. 2, arr. Mooney

Boosey & Hawkes

Technitunes for Cello, arr. Nelson

Technitunes, Piano accompaniments, arr. Nelson

Vamoosh

Vamoosh Cello, Book 2, arr. Gregory

Vamoosh String Book 2, Piano accompaniment, arr. Gregory


Grade 4

Publisher 

Book title

Accompaniment book(s)

Alfred

Suzuki Cello School, Vol. 3

Suzuki Cello School, Vol. 3, Piano accompaniment

OUP

Cello Time Sprinters, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

Cello Time Sprinters, Piano accompaniment book, arr. K. & D. Blackwell


Grade 5

Publisher 

Book title

Accompaniment book(s)

Alfred

Suzuki Cello School, Vol. 3

Suzuki Cello School, Vol. 3, Piano accompaniment

Clarinet (2018-2021)

Grade 5, A2 Nielsen

Unfortunately there is an error in the 2018–2021 Grade 5 Clarinet Exam Pieces and Clarinet Exam Pack publications. The first time bar in the solo clarinet part is incorrectly marked and should be extended to include b. 31. The first and second time bars are correctly marked in the score. This error will be corrected at the next reprint for these publications.

Grade 5, C7 C. Rose

Candidates must play this piece from the cited edition in the syllabus, More Graded Studies for Clarinet, Book 1.

Grade 6, C6 Lange

Candidates playing this piece from More Graded Studies for Clarinet, Book 2 should observe the repeat in the exam.

Grade 8, C1 Abreu

There is a discrepancy between the tempo marked on the score for this piece and the tempo played in the recording. Candidates may choose to follow either tempo in the exam and will not be penalised for following one tempo over the other.

Double Bass (from 2012)

Grade 2, B3 Abracadabra Double Bass, Book 1 (A & C Black)

Please note that A & C Black publications are being rebranded as Collins Music.

Double Bass (2020–2023)

There are pieces on the 2020–2023 Bowed Strings syllabus that have been set for multiple instruments. For a list of these pieces and the compatible instrument lines see Compatible Pieces.

Initial Grade, B8 Sheila Nelson

The publication listed for this piece contains both the double bass line and the piano accompaniment.

Grades 1–5, Grade by Grade, Double Bass series

The Grade by Grade, Double Bass series, published by Boosey & Hawkes, will be available in September 2019.

Double Bass (2020–2023) – Grade 1 positions

The lists below clarify the pieces from the Grade 1 syllabus that are in first position or half position, as well as pieces that can be played in either position.

Download the Grade 1 syllabus list.

 

Pieces in first position

List A

  • A1 The More the Merrier
  • A3 Aria
  • A5 Knocking on the Door
  • A6 Penguin Parade
  • A8 Spagnoletta
  • A9 Fiddler's Fancy
  • A10 Allegretto

List B

  • B1 Long, Long Ago
  • B2 Evening Star
  • B3 Sad Double Bass
  • B5 A Cool Day
  • B7 Morningtown Ride

List C

  • C3 Off to France in the Morning
  • C4 The Hippopotamus Song
  • C5 The Ogre's Dance
  • C6 Carnival Waltz
  • C7 Fiery Fiddler
  • C10 Samba

 

Pieces in half position

List B

  • B9 Moon Over the Ruined Castle

List C

  • C1 A Little Blue
  • C2 Gigue

 

Pieces that can be played in either position

List A

  • A2 March
  • A4 Gavotte
  • A7 Now is the month of Maying

List B

  • B4 Canon on 'Frère Jacques'
  • B6 Bass Bridges of Paris
  • B8 Ballad II
  • B10 Hatikvah

List C

  • C8 Toodle-Pip
  • C9 And Y Not

Double Bass (2020–2023) – accompaniment books

The books marked + in the syllabus lists have additional accompaniment book(s) and these are published separately. For each grade we have provided a list of these publications along with the corresponding accompaniment book(s). The information is listed alphabetically by publisher.

Initial Grade

Publisher 

Book title

Accompaniment book(s)

Bartholomew

Ready Steady Go, arr. Elliott

Ready Steady Go, Piano accompaniment, arr. Elliott

Boosey & Hawkes

Tetratunes for Double Bass, arr. Nelson

Tetratunes: teacher's book with accompaniments, arr. Nelson

Boosey & Hawkes

The Essential String Method, Double Bass Book 1

The Essential String Method, Cello/Double Bass Books 1 & 2, Piano accompaniment

Boosey & Hawkes

The Essential String Method, Double Bass Book 2

The Essential String Method, Cello/Double Bass Books 1 & 2, Piano accompaniment

Collins Music

Abracadabra Double Bass, Book 1, arr. Lillywhite & Marshall

Abracadabra Strings, Book 1, Piano accompaniments, arr. Hussey & Sebba

Vamoosh

Vamoosh Double Bass, Book 1, arr. Gregory

Vamoosh String Book 1, Piano accompaniment, arr. Gregory


Grade 1

Publisher 

Book title

Accompaniment book(s)

Alfred

Suzuki Bass School, Vol. 1, Revised Edition

Suzuki Bass School, Vol. 1, Piano accompaniment

Alfred

Suzuki Bass School, Vol. 2, Revised Edition

Suzuki Bass School, Vol. 2, Piano accompaniment

Bartholomew

Ready Steady Go, arr. Elliott

Ready Steady Go, Piano accompaniment, arr. Elliott

Boosey & Hawkes

The Essential String Method, Double Bass Book 3

The Essential String Method, Cello/Double Bass Books 3 & 4, Piano accompaniment

Collins Music

Abracadabra Double Bass, Book 1, arr. Lillywhite & Marshall

Abracadabra Strings, Book 1, Piano accompaniments, arr. Hussey and Sebba

Vamoosh

Vamoosh Double Bass, Book 1, arr. Gregory

Vamoosh String Book 1, Piano accompaniment, arr. Gregory


Grade 2

Publisher 

Book title

Accompaniment book(s)

Alfred

Suzuki Bass School, Vol. 2, Revised Edition

Suzuki Bass School, Vol. 2, Piano accompaniment

Bartholomew

The Anna Magdalena Bach Notebook for Double Bass, arr. Elliott

The Anna Magdalena Bach Notebook for Double Bass, Piano accompaniment, arr. Elliott

Boosey & Hawkes

The Essential String Method, Double Bass Book 4

The Essential String Method, Cello/Double Bass Books 3 & 4, Piano accompaniment

Collins Music

Abracadabra Double Bass, Book 1, arr. Lillywhite & Marshall

Abracadabra Strings, Book 1, Piano accompaniments, arr. Hussey and Sebba

Vamoosh

Vamoosh Double Bass, Book 2, arr. Gregory

Vamoosh String Book 2, Piano accompaniment, arr. Gregory


Grade 3

Publisher 

Book title

Accompaniment book(s)

Alfred

Suzuki Bass School, Vol. 2, Revised Edition

Suzuki Bass School, Vol. 2, Piano accompaniment

Bartholomew

Subterranean Solos, arr. K. Hartley

Subterranean Solos, Piano accompaniment, arr. K. & J. Hartley

Bartholomew

The Anna Magdalena Bach Notebook for Double Bass, arr. Elliott

The Anna Magdalena Bach Notebook for Double Bass, Piano accompaniment, arr. Elliott

Boosey & Hawkes

Technitunes for Double Bass, arr. Nelson

Technitunes, Piano accompaniments, arr. Nelson

Boosey & Hawkes

The Essential String Method, Double Bass Book 4

The Essential String Method, Cello/Double Bass Books 3 & 4, Piano accompaniment

Carl Fischer

Festival Performance Solos: String Bass

Festival Performance Solos, Piano accompaniment for String Bass

Collins Music

Abracadabra Double Bass, Book 1, arr. Lillywhite & Marshall

Abracadabra Strings, Book 1, Piano accompaniments, arr. Hussey and Sebba

Vamoosh

Vamoosh Double Bass, Book 2, arr. Gregory

Vamoosh String Book 2, Piano accompaniment, arr. Gregory


Grade 4

Publisher 

Book title

Accompaniment book(s)

Alfred

Suzuki Bass School, Vol. 2, Revised Edition

Suzuki Bass School, Vol. 2, Piano accompaniment

Alfred

Suzuki Bass School, Vol. 3, Revised Edition

Suzuki Bass School, Vol. 3, Piano accompaniment

Bartholomew

Subterranean Solos, arr. K. Hartley

Subterranean Solos, Piano accompaniment, arr. K. & J. Hartley

Bartholomew

The Anna Magdalena Bach Notebook for Double Bass, arr. Elliott

The Anna Magdalena Bach Notebook for Double Bass, Piano accompaniment, arr. Elliott

Carl Fischer

Festival Performance Solos: String Bass

Festival Performance Solos, Piano accompaniment for String Bass


Grade 5

Publisher 

Book title

Accompaniment book(s)

Alfred

Suzuki Bass School, Vol. 3, Revised Edition

Suzuki Bass School, Vol. 3, Piano accompaniment

Bartholomew

Subterranean Solos, arr. K. Hartley

Subterranean Solos, Piano accompaniment, arr. K. & J. Hartley

Carl Fischer

Festival Performance Solos: String Bass

Festival Performance Solos, Piano accompaniment for String Bass


Grade 6

Publisher 

Book title

Accompaniment book(s)

Alfred

Suzuki Bass School, Vol. 4

Suzuki Bass School, Vol. 4, Piano accompaniment

Carl Fischer

Festival Performance Solos: String Bass

Festival Performance Solos, Piano accompaniment for String Bass


Grade 7

Publisher 

Book title

Accompaniment book(s)

Alfred

Suzuki Bass School, Vol. 4

Suzuki Bass School, Vol. 4, Piano accompaniment

Guitar (from 2019)

Grade 1, A7 Mainerio

This piece is also available in Répertoire progressif, Vol. 1 (Les Productions d'Oz) and is listed as No. 1 (Anon, ‘Schiarrazula Marrazula’). Candidates are welcome to use this edition in the exam if they wish.

 

Grade 5, A10 Visée

Please note that the edition UE11322 should be used in the exam. UE34480 is not suitable for exam use.

 

Grade 8, A6 M. Ponce

The edition listed in the syllabus omits the Dal Segno sign and the 1st and 2nd time bar numbers, which are as follows:

Bars 28 & 45 are 1st time bars
Bars 29 & 46 are 2nd time bars

To clarify, the piece should be played without repeats in the exam. At the end of the piece candidates should return to the beginning of bar 1 and play until the ‘Fin.’ at bar 29.

Harp, Pedal and Non-pedal (from 2019)

All exam requirements are the same as in the preceding Harp syllabus (from 2005), apart from seven pieces which we have replaced. Candidates who have been preparing any of the replaced pieces can continue to play them in exams worldwide until 31 December 2019. The pieces affected are:

Grade 1, List B (both harps): David Gough and Danielle Perrett, Donkey Ride 

Grade 2, List B (both harps): Geoffrey Winters, At Anchor or Celtic Rag 

Grade 8, List A (Non-pedal harp): Gabriel Currington, Millennium Hope

Grade 8, List B (Non-pedal harp): David Gough, Rag-Bag 

Grade 8, List B (Non-pedal harp): Danielle Perrett, After Debussy 

Grade 8, List C (Non-pedal harp): David Snell, Toccata 

Grade 8, List C (Non-pedal harp): Nigel Springthorpe, Rondo

Harpsichord (from 2009)

Grade 4, A2 Bach

A revised edition of the Henle publication is now available (HN 593).

Jazz Soprano/Alto/Tenor/Baritone Sax

Grade 3, Mopti Don Cherry

ABRSM has reluctantly had to remove this piece from the 2013 reprint of Jazz Alto Sax Tunes, Level/Grade 3 and Jazz Tenor Sax Tunes, Level/Grade 3 since, despite many efforts, permission has not been obtained from the copyright owner to reproduce it for this reprint. However, the piece still remains on the syllabus so candidates who have older editions of the publication are welcome to play this piece in their exam.

Jazz Trumpet/Cornet/Flugelhorn

Grade 4, Dedication to Thomas Mapfumo Don Cherry

ABRSM has reluctantly had to remove this piece from the 2013 reprint of Jazz Real Book Bb edition since, despite many efforts, permission has not been obtained from the copyright owner to reproduce it for this reprint. However, the piece still remains on the syllabus so candidates who have older editions of the publication are welcome to play this piece in their exam.

Music Performance diploma

Piano

DipABRSM

Koechlin Études nos. 1, 2 and 3 from ‘15 Études’
In the EFM edition (1008) this piece is listed as nos. 1, 2 and 6.

J. S. Bach Toccata no.3 in D, BWV 912
In the Henle edition (126) this piece is listed as no. 5.

J. S Bach Toccata no.5 in E minor, BWV 914
In the Henle edition (126) this piece is listed as no. 2.

Fauré Piano Works, Vol. 2 (Peters)
This book is now out of print and these pieces are available in Faure Barcarolles (Peters EP71904).

LRSM

Debussy L’Isle joyeuse
This piece is now available in Debussy Piano Pieces (UMP).

Fauré Piano Works, Vol. 2 (Peters)
This book is now out of print and the piece is available in Faure Barcarolles (Peters EP71904).

Ireland Chelsea Reach and Ragamuffin
These pieces are now available in Ireland London Pieces (Stainer & Bell).

Scriabin Sonata no.5 in F#, Op. 53
Scriabin Piano Works, Vol. 2 is no longer out of print.

Seiber Scherzando capriccioso
This publication is no longer out of print.

FRSM

Messiaen Île de feu 1 and 2
This piece, formerly published by UMP, is now published by Durand and available as two separate publications: Messiaen Ile de feu I and Messiaen Ile de feu II.

Viola

DipABRSM

Telemann 12 Fantasias for Unaccompanied Viola, arr. Rood
Volumes 1 & 2 of this book are currently unavailable.

Cello

DipABRSM

Beethoven 7 Variations on a Theme ‘Bei Männern’ from Mozart’s‘Magic Flute’, WoO 46
This publication has been repackaged and is now called Complete Violoncello Variations (Peters EP 748b).

Walton Passacaglia for unaccompanied cello
This piece is now available in Two pieces for solo cello (OUP).

Double Bass

DipABRSM

Massenet Meditation (from ‘Thaïs’), arr. Drew
This edition is currently unavailable.

LRSM

François Zbinden Hommage à J. S. Bach, Op. 44
This edition is now out of print.

Guitar

DipABRSM

da Milano Complete Lute Works, Vol. 1, trans. Chiesa
This book is now out of print.

LRSM

da Milano Complete Lute Works, Vol. 1, trans. Chiesa
This book is now out of print.

Granados Llobet Guitar Works, Vol. 3
This book is now out of print.

FRSM

S.L. Weiss Sonata in A (Dresden no. 19), trans. Skiera; Sonata in C (Dresden no. 9), trans. Skiera; Sonata in D minor (Dresden no. 6) trans. Skiera
These editions are available as special orders directly from Bärenreiter.

S.L. Weiss Sonata in A minor (‘L’Infidèle’) (Dresden no.15/London no.25), trans. Meunier
This edition is now out of print.

Recorder

DipABRSM

Hotteterre (Le Romain) Suite in F, Op. 2 no. 1; Suite in G minor, Op. 2 no. 3a
These pieces, formerly published by Nova, are now published by European Music Archive (EMA122; EMA123).

Notari Canzona Passaggiata
This piece, formerly published by Nova, is now published by European Music Archive (EMA139).

Flute

DipABRSM

Taffanel Andante Pastoral et Scherzettino
This edition is currently unavailable.

Oboe

FRSM

J.S. Bach Concerto in F, BWV 1053
This piece, formerly published by Nova, is now published by European Music Archive (EMA112).

Bassoon

DipABRSM

J. Bentzon Study in Variation Form
This piece, formerly published by Hansen, is now published by Skandinavisk Musik Og Borups Musikforlag.

LRSM

Raphael Sonata for solo bassoon, Op. 46 no. 9
This edition is available as a special order directly from Bärenreiter.

Saxophone

FRSM

Paul Bonneau Caprice en forme de Valse
This piece is only available for Eb saxophone.

Mihalovici Chant Premier
This piece is only available for Bb saxophone.

Trumpet

LRSM

Torelli Trumpet Sonata in D, G1
This edition is now out of print.

Eb Horn

DipABRSM and LRSM

Rossini Prelude, Theme and Variations
This edition is now out of print.

Trombone

DipABRSM and LRSM

Gröndahl Concerto
This piece, formerly published by Samfundet, is now published by Edition-S.

Tuba

DipABRSM, LRSM and FRSM

Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto in F minor
This piece is now published by OUP Archive and is available from Allegro.

Percussion

FRSM

Askell Masson Prime
This piece formerly published by Iceland Music, is now published by Editions BIM.

Graham Whettam Suite for timpani
This edition is currently unavailable.

Singing

DipABRSM

Sibelius Black Roses, Op. 36, no. 1
This edition is now out of print.

Wolf 15 Selected Songs from Italian Lyrics (low)
This book is now out of print.

DipABRSM and LRSM

Schubert Lieder, Vol. 9 (high or medium); Lieder, Vol. 17 for Bass Voice
These editions are available as special orders directly from Bärenreiter.

DipABRSM and FRSM

Gurney A Second Volume of 10 Songs
This book is now out of print.

Schubert Lieder, Vol. 17 for Bass Voice
This edition is available as a special order directly from Bärenreiter.

LRSM

Barber Rain has fallen, Op. 10, no. 1
Barber Collected Songs has been replaced by Barber 65 Songs (high or medium-low) published by G. Schirmer.

Debussy 3 Chansons de France (Peters)
This publication is no longer out of print.

Gluck Aria: Divinités du Styx: from ‘Alceste’
The vocal score is available as a special order directly from Bärenreiter.

Gurney A Third Volume of 10 Songs
This book is now out of print.

Tchaikovsky ‘Jeanne d’Arc’
Operatic Anthology: Celebrated Arias for Mezzo-Soprano and Alto, Vol. 2
This book is no longer out of print.

Wolf 9 Secular Songs from ‘Spanisches Liederbuch’ (low)
This book is now out of print.

FRSM

Ireland 5 Poems by Thomas Hardy
This book is now out of print.

Meyerbeer ‘L’Africaine’
Operatic Anthology: Celebrated Arias for Tenor, Vol. 3
This book is no longer out of print.

Schubert Lieder, Vol. 3 (medium); Lieder, Vol. 5 (high)
These editions are available as special orders directly from Bärenreiter.

Music Teaching diploma

Please note that from 1 January 2018, a change to the graded Singing syllabus (which requires Grade 6–8 candidates to prepare 3 songs, instead of 4) will also be reflected in the DipABRSM and LRSM Teaching Skills Viva Voce demonstration requirements, as follows:

  • Candidates taking DipABRSM Principles of Instrumental/Vocal Teaching (Singing) will be required to prepare three Grade 6 songs, chosen from any three of the five lists
  • Candidates taking LRSM Instrumental/Vocal Teaching (Singing) will be required to prepare three Grade 8 songs, chosen from any three of the five lists

There will be an overlap period in place for candidates to prepare songs from the 2009–2017 Singing syllabus until 31 December 2018. However, during that period, DipABRSM and LRSM candidates wishing to demonstrate songs from the previous syllabus should only prepare three songs, and are free to choose these from any three of the four old lists.

These changes do not affect FRSM Music Education (Singing), and all other DipABRSM and LRSM Teaching requirements remain unchanged.

Music Medals

Guitar

Ensemble Copper

Go Tell Aunt Nancy Guitar Academy Book 1 [2006 edition]
Unfortunately this piece is no longer available in the current 2013 edition of this book.

Ensemble Bronze

Good King Wenceslas Guitar Academy Book 1 [2006 edition]
Unfortunately this piece is no longer available in the current 2013 edition of this book.

Ensemble Silver

I Like Coffee! Guitar Academy Book 1 [2006 edition]
Unfortunately this piece is no longer available in the current 2013 edition of this book.

Solo Bronze

Troika Guitar Academy Book 2 
Unfortunately this piece is no longer available in the current 2011 edition of this book. It is available in the 2006 edition only.

Natural minor scale (from 2012)

From 1 January 2012 candidates for any instrument at Grades 1 and 2 may present the natural minor form for their set minor scale(s) as an alternative to the harmonic or melodic form (as applicable).

Find out more about natural minor scales.

Oboe (2018-2021)

Grade 1, C8 and Grade 2, C3 Abracadabra Oboe (A & C Black)

Please note that A & C Black publications are being rebranded as Collins Music.

Organ (from 2011)

Grade 1, A1 Bach  

The piece set on the syllabus is the 10-bar chorale version only (without figured bass realization). In addition to the syllabus-cited OUP publication, this 10-bar version is also available in Barenreiter Vol. 3 (BA5173) and Breitkopf & Hartel Vol. 9 (EB6589) (but not in the Peters complete Bach editions).

 

Grade 5, A1, Grade 6, A2 and Grade 7, A1 Bach

A revised edition of the Bärenreiter publication is now available (BA5261).

 

Grade 6, A1 and Grade 7, A3 Bach

A revised edition of the Bärenreiter publication is now available (BA5266).

Page turners

As of 1 June 2017, candidates at Grades 6–8 may bring a page-turner to assist with any awkward page-turns in their music; prior permission from ABRSM is no longer required. Accompanists for Grade 6–8 exams are also welcome to bring a page-turner. The Exam Regulations and syllabus statements regarding page-turners will be updated to reflect this change as they are re-issued. Examiners, local representatives and stewards have been informed.

Piano (2017 & 2018)

Grade 3, A5 Mozart

This piece is also available on P. 24 from Note Book for Nannerl (Schott ED 3772).

Grade 4, A4 Clementi

The title of the Clementi publication listed in the syllabus booklet (Clementi: Sonatinas, Op. 36, 37, 38) is incorrect and the correct title is Clementi Sonatinas, Op. 36 & 4.

Grade 5, C1 Tan Dun

Unfortunately on the Piano Exam Pieces CD there is an error in the recording of this piece, affecting the right-hand chords in bb. 35–37 and 40–41. Candidates should play the music as notated. However, the audio download has been corrected and can be purchased from our audio download shop.

Grade 8, C3 Peixun Chen

As a result of copyright and editorial constraints there is a discrepancy between the tempo marked on the score for this piece and the tempo played in the recording. Candidates may choose to follow either tempo in the exam – this is left to the candidate’s discretion. Our examiners are aware of this and candidates will not be penalised for following one tempo over the other.

Piano (2019 & 2020)

Grade 3, B4 L. Cohen

The publication which should be used in the exam is A Dozen a Day Songbook, Book 2, Early Intermediate (Willis HL00119242).

Grade 6, A5 Cimarosa

We have been informed that there are two No. 17 Sonatas by Cimarosa. The piece set on the syllabus is Sonata No. 17 in Eb.

Saxophone (2018-2021)

DipABRSM

Koechlin Études nos. 1, 2 and 3 from ‘15 Études’
In the EFM edition (1008) this piece is listed as nos. 1, 2 and 6.

Grade 2, A3 Shield

Please note that ‘The Ploughboy’ also features in Folk Roots for Alto Saxophone (Boosey & Hawkes) as a traditional melody, arranged by Davies. This is the same piece and Alto or Baritone Saxophone candidates are welcome to use this publication if they wish in the exam.

Singing (from 2018)

Grade 1, C23 Richard & Robert Sherman

Candidates singing this piece from The ABRSM Songbook Plus, Grade 1 should omit the repeat in the exam.

Grade 2, C3 Brown & Freed

Candidates singing this piece from The ABRSM Songbook Plus, Grade 2 should sing the chorus only in the exam.

Grade 3, B3 Beethoven

Unfortunately there is an error in the current paper copy of the syllabus. Candidates singing this piece from The ABRSM Songbook Plus, Grade 3 should only sing verses 1 & 6 in the exam.

Grade 4, C1 Arlen & Harburg

In the exam a suitable introduction should be included for candidates using any of the following publications: the vocal selections of The Wizard of Oz, The Harold Arlen Songbook, Stage & Screen – The Black Book or The ABRSM Songbook Plus, Grade 4 .

Grade 4, C10 Fain & Webster

In the exam a suitable introduction should be included for candidates using either Stage & Screen – The White Book or The ABRSM Songbook Plus, Grade 4.

Grade 6, E9 G. & I. Gershwin

For the exam candidates are only required to sing the song through once and are welcome to sing either lyric provided.

Grade 7, E28 Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart & Richard Stilgoe

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Anthology (revised edition) is now out of print.

Grade 8, E2 L. Bernstein & Stephen Sondheim

In the exam candidates should sing the extended version.

Grade 8, E20 Andrew Lloyd Webber & David Zippel

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Anthology (revised edition) is now out of print.

Grade 8, E21 Andrew Lloyd Webber & Glenn Slater

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Anthology (revised edition) is now out of print. Alternatively, this piece is available in Classical Crossover for Singers (Hal Leonard).

Treble Recorder (2018-2021)

Grade 6, Scale in Thirds (F major)

Unfortunately there is an error in the Treble Recorder Scales & Arpeggios, Grades 6–8 publication. The penultimate note should be an A (second space), not an E. This will be corrected at the next reprint of the book.

This amendment will also be clarified on page 14 of any future reprints of the syllabus booklet.

Grade 6, B10 and Grade 7, B9 Milford

The cited publication is currently published by Peacock Press, however the publisher will change in May 2018 to OUP.

Tuba (from 2013) - publications marked ǂ

The Tuba syllabus may be offered on an Eb, F, Bb or C tuba. All pieces may be played on any of these four instruments (reading either bass or treble clef). Candidates may adapt passages or transpose parts and/or accompaniments as necessary for their instrument.

For those publications marked ǂ in the syllabus, the following information is provided, to clarify:

  • which book(s) in the series are most appropriate for your instrument
    or
  • any further accompaniments and/or parts that are available which may prevent the need for transposition

The information is listed alphabetically by publisher:

ABRSM

Shining Brass, Book 1 [Grades 1, 2 & 3]
Shining Brass, Book 2 [Grades 4 & 5]

Anglo Music

Starter Studies [Grades 1 & 2]
  • There are two versions of this book for tuba. For exam purposes, the following are recommended:
Skilful Studies[Grades 3 & 4]

Brass Wind

Keynotes[Grade 1]
Winners Galore [Grades 1 & 2]
Easy Winners [Grades 1, 2 & 3]
Winner Scores All [Grade 3]
Great Winners [Grade 4]
Savoir Faire [Grades 4, 5 & 6]

Con Moto

The Jock McKenzie Tutor Book for Young Brass Players (Book 1) [Grades 1, 2 & 3]

Curnow Music

1st Recital Series [Grades 1, 2 & 3]

De Haske Hal Leonard

Performance Studies for Tuba [Grades 6, 7 & 8]

Gramercy Music

Cityscapes [Grades 1 & 2]
  • Bb tuba players reading bass clef and using the Bb edition should transpose the part down an octave to ensure that the range is suitable.

Viola (2016–2019)

Grade 7, C2 Patsy Gritton

This publication has been repackaged as Character Pieces, Book 3.

Viola (2020–2023)

There are pieces on the 2020–2023 Bowed Strings syllabus that have been set for multiple instruments. For a list of these pieces and the compatible instrument lines see Compatible Pieces.

Initial Grade, A2 Trad. American

The repeat in this piece should be played in the exam. Unfortunately this information is missing in the printed syllabus booklet.

Initial Grade, A9 Trad.

This piece may be performed with either a piano or string accompaniment in the exam. Unfortunately this information is missing in the printed syllabus booklet.

Grade 1, B10 Trad. Scottish

The string accompaniment part for this piece is available as a free download. Please note that the 2nd viola part in String Time Starters for Viola should not be played as an accompaniment part.

Viola (2020–2023) – accompaniment books

The books marked + in the syllabus lists have additional accompaniment book(s) and these are published separately. For each grade we have provided a list of these publications along with the corresponding accompaniment book(s). The information is listed alphabetically by publisher.

Initial Grade

Publisher 

Book title

Accompaniment book(s)

Alfred

Suzuki Viola School, Vol. 1, trans. Preucil

Suzuki Viola School, Vol. A, Piano accompaniment, trans. Preucil

List A No. 9 only: Suzuki Ensembles for Viola, Vol. 1, arr. Stuen-Walker

Boosey & Hawkes

Edward Huws Jones: Ten O'Clock Rock for Viola

Edward Huws Jones: Ten O'Clock Rock, Piano accompaniment

Boosey & Hawkes

Tetratunes for Viola, arr. Nelson

Tetratunes: teacher's book with accompaniments, arr. Nelson

Boosey & Hawkes

The Essential String Method, Viola Book 2

The Essential String Method, Violin/Viola Books 1 & 2, Piano accompaniment

Collins Music

Abracadabra Viola (Third Edition), arr. Davey

Abracadabra Strings, Book 1, Piano accompaniments, arr. Hussey & Sebba

OUP

Viola Time Starters, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

Starters Teacher's Handbook, Accompaniments, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

OUP

Viola Time Joggers, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

Viola Time Joggers, Piano accompaniment, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

Viola Time Joggers, Viola accompaniment, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

Vamoosh

Vamoosh Viola, Book 1, arr. Gregory

Vamoosh String Book 1, Piano accompaniment, arr. Gregory


Grade 1

Publisher 

Book title

Accompaniment book(s)

Alfred

Suzuki Viola School, Vol. 1, trans. Preucil

Suzuki Viola School, Vol. A, Piano accompaniment, trans. Preucil

Suzuki Ensembles for Viola, Vol. 1, arr. Stuen-Walker

Brass Wind

Winners Galore for Viola, arr. Lawrance

Winners Galore for Viola, Piano accompaniment, arr. Lawrance

Collins Music

Abracadabra Viola (Third Edition), arr. Davey

Abracadabra Strings, Book 1, Piano accompaniments, arr. Hussey & Sebba

OUP

String Time Starters for Viola, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

String Time Starters, Teacher's book, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

The string accompaniment part for this piece is available as a free download. Please note that the 2nd viola part in String Time Starters for Viola should not be played as an accompaniment part.

OUP

Viola Time Joggers, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

Viola Time Joggers, Piano accompaniment, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

Viola Time Joggers, Viola accompaniment, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

OUP

Viola Time Runners, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

Viola Time Runners, Piano accompaniment, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

Viola Time Runners, Viola accompaniment, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

Vamoosh

Vamoosh Viola, Book 1, arr. Gregory

Vamoosh String Book 1, Piano accompaniment, arr. Gregory


Grade 2

Publisher 

Book title

Accompaniment book(s)

Alfred

Suzuki Viola School, Vol. 1, trans. Preucil

Suzuki Viola School, Vol. A, Piano accompaniment, trans. Preucil

Brass Wind

Winners Galore for Viola, arr. Lawrance

Winners Galore for Viola, Piano accompaniment, arr. Lawrance

Collins Music

Abracadabra Viola (Third Edition), arr. Davey

Abracadabra Strings, Book 1, Piano accompaniments, arr. Hussey & Sebba

OUP

Viola Time Runners, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

Viola Time Runners, Piano accompaniment, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

Viola Time Runners, Viola accompaniment, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

OUP

Viola Time Sprinters, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

Viola Time Sprinters, Piano accompaniment, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

Viola Time Sprinters, Viola accompaniment, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

Vamoosh

Vamoosh Viola, Book 2, arr. Gregory

Vamoosh String Book 2, Piano accompaniment, arr. Gregory


Grade 3

Publisher 

Book title

Accompaniment book(s)

Alfred

String Festival Solos for Viola, Vol. 2, trans. Applebaum

String Festival Solos for Viola, Vol. 2, Piano accompaniment, trans. Applebaum

Alfred

Suzuki Viola School, Vol. 3, trans. Preucil

Suzuki Viola School, Vol. 3, Piano accompaniment, trans. Preucil

Boosey & Hawkes

Technitunes for Viola, arr. Nelson

Technitunes, Piano accompaniments, arr. Nelson

OUP

Viola Time Sprinters, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

Viola Time Sprinters, Piano accompaniment, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

Viola Time Sprinters, Viola accompaniment, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

Vamoosh

Vamoosh Viola, Book 3, arr. Gregory

Vamoosh String Book 3, Piano accompaniment, arr. Gregory


Grade 4

Publisher 

Book title

Accompaniment book(s)

Alfred

String Festival Solos for Viola, Vol. 2, trans. Applebaum

String Festival Solos for Viola, Vol. 2 Piano accompaniment, trans. Applebaum

Violin (2016-2019)

Grade 1, B5 Rodgers & Hammerstein

The book ‘Songs from the Shows’ is now out of print. However, the arrangement of Edelweiss is available to purchase as a download from the Kevin Mayhew website.

Grade 2, C4 Kabalevsky

Kabalevsky Album Pieces, arr. Sorokin etc. has restricted availability.

Grade 8, C5 Kabalevsky

This publication has restricted availability.

Violin (2020–2023)

There are pieces on the 2020–2023 Bowed Strings syllabus that have been set for multiple instruments. For a list of these pieces and the compatible instrument lines see Compatible Pieces.

Initial Grade, C7 Edward Huws Jones

Unfortunately the accompaniment symbol is missing in the printed syllabus booklet. The piano accompaniment for this piece is published separately.

Initial Grade, C10 Peter Wilson

Unfortunately the accompaniment symbol is missing in the printed syllabus booklet. The piano accompaniment for this piece is published separately.

Grade 3, A3 attrib. Mozart

Unfortunately the catalogue number is incorrect in the printed syllabus booklet. The correct catalogue number is K. 269b.

Grade 5, A1 Corelli

This piece is made up of the Theme and the Variations 2, 3, 4 and 6.

Grade 7, A10 Vivaldi

The ‘Preludio’, ‘Giga/Gigue’ and ‘Corrente/Courante’ movements should only be played in the exam. Please note there are other sources available which include an ‘Aria’ movement and this should not be played in the exam.

Violin (2020–2023) – accompaniment books

The books marked + in the syllabus lists have additional accompaniment book(s) and these are published separately. For each grade we have provided a list of these publications along with the corresponding accompaniment book(s). The information is listed alphabetically by publisher.

Initial Grade

Publisher 

Book title

Accompaniment book(s)

Alfred

Suzuki Violin School, Vol. 1

Suzuki Violin School, Vol. 1, Piano accompaniment
  
Suzuki Duets for Violins, Vols 1–3

Boosey & Hawkes

Stanley Fletcher: New Tunes for Strings, Violin Book 1

Stanley Fletcher: New Tunes for Strings, Teacher's Book 1

Boosey & Hawkes

Edward Huws Jones: Ten O'Clock Rock for Violin

Edward Huws Jones: Ten O'Clock Rock, Piano accompaniment

Boosey & Hawkes

Tetratunes for Violin, arr. Nelson

Tetratunes: teacher's book with accompaniments, arr. Nelson

Boosey & Hawkes

The Essential String Method, Violin Book 2

The Essential String Method, Violin/Viola Books 1 & 2, Piano accompaniment

Collins Music

Abracadabra Violin (Third Edition), arr. Davey

Abracadabra Strings, Book 1, Piano accompaniments, arr. Hussey & Sebba

Faber

Wilson & Ranger: Stringpops 1 for Violin

Wilson & Ranger: Stringpops 1, Piano score

OUP

Fiddle Time Joggers, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

Fiddle Time Joggers, Piano accompaniment book, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

Fiddle Time Joggers, Violin accompaniment book, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

Vamoosh

Vamoosh Violin, Book 1, arr. Gregory

Vamoosh String Book 1, Piano accompaniment, arr. Gregory


Grade 1

Publisher        

Book title

Accompaniment book(s)

ABRSM

Violin Star 2, arr. Huws Jones

Violin Star 2: Accompaniment book, arr. Huws Jones

Alfred

Suzuki Violin School, Vol. 1

Suzuki Violin School, Vol. 1, Piano accompaniment

Suzuki Duets for Violins, Vols 1–3

Collins Music

Abracadabra Violin (Third Edition), arr. Davey

Abracadabra Strings, Book 1, Piano accompaniments, arr. Hussey & Sebba

Faber

Superstart Violin, arr. Cohen

Superstart Violin: accompaniments, arr. Cohen & Spearing

OUP

Fiddle Time Joggers, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

Fiddle Time Joggers, Piano accompaniment book, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

Fiddle Time Joggers, Violin accompaniment book, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

OUP

Fiddle Time Runners, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

Fiddle Time Runners, Piano accompaniment book, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

Fiddle Time Runners, Violin accompaniment book, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

Vamoosh

Vamoosh Violin, Book 1, arr. Gregory

Vamoosh String Book 1, Piano accompaniment, arr. Gregory

Vamoosh

Vamoosh Violin, Book 1.5, arr. Gregory

Vamoosh String Book 1.5, Piano accompaniment, arr. Gregory


Grade 2

Publisher      

Book title

Accompaniment book(s)

Alfred

Suzuki Violin School, Vol. 2

Suzuki Violin School, Vol. 2, Piano accompaniment

Collins Music

Abracadabra Violin (Third Edition), arr. Davey

Abracadabra Strings, Book 1, Piano accompaniments, arr. Hussey & Sebba

OUP

Fiddle Time Sprinters, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

Fiddle Time Sprinters, Piano accompaniment book, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

Fiddle Time Sprinters, Violin accompaniment book, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

Vamoosh

Vamoosh Violin, Book 2, arr. Gregory

Vamoosh String Book 2, Piano accompaniment, arr. Gregory


Grade 3

Publisher 

Book title

Accompaniment book(s)

Boosey & Hawkes

Session Time for Strings: Violin

Session Time for Strings: Piano accompaniment

Boosey & Hawkes

Technitunes for Violin, arr. Nelson

Technitunes, Piano accompaniments, arr. Nelson

OUP

Fiddle Time Sprinters, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

Fiddle Time Sprinters, Piano accompaniment book, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

Fiddle Time Sprinters, Violin accompaniment book, arr. K. & D. Blackwell

Vamoosh

Vamoosh Violin, Book 2, arr. Gregory

Vamoosh String Book 2, Piano accompaniment, arr. Gregory

 

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