The next instalment in my exploration of the new ABRSM piano syllabus features video walk-throughs of all of the main pieces from the Grade 1 syllabus. The following video provides a brief preview of the type of content featured in these walk-throughs:

With this new instalment, the Online Academy’s resources for the new ABRSM syllabus now features over seventy video walk-throughs for grades 1 – 8 (with a set of videos for the Initial grade to follow very soon!).

The videos offer guidance and demonstrations for players and for teachers on style and interpretation, technique, practice method, fingering, pedalling and more (click here for links to previews for other grades).

Please click here to view the index of available walk-throughs if you are an Online Academy subscriber or click here if you’d like to to subscribe.

ABRSM syllabus - grade 1

Full Day ABRSM Workshop

Sunday, December 6th (9:00 – 5:00 GMT)

We’re delighted to be bringing you a new interactive online workshop this coming Sunday on all aspects of exam preparation from Grade 1 though to Grade 8.

The first session explores ways to keep scale and arpeggio practice creative and vibrant, offering technical suggestions as well as practice ideas. We move to a session on the aural and sight-reading tests, looking at ways to improve our results and incorporate these into lessons and the routine practice.

After a coffee break we move on to the repertoire. In two 90-minute sessions (the first featuring Grades 1-5, the second Grades 6-8) we will look at how to begin a new piece step by step, with plenty of advice on effective practice, problem solving, interpretation and creating teaching.

The last session of the day covers strategies for exam preparation, including practising a performance, the psychology of performance anxiety and how to foster a positive mental attitude. We’ll also look at how to present oneself in the exam, and how to deal with slips and errors that inevitably occur.

Throughout the day, I will respond to any questions you have about the material we are covering as well as any other exam-related issues. Included in the ticket price is access to the Online Academy’s resources for the new syllabus (70+ videos) and recordings for the sessions. Therefore you will be able to watch the recordings in your own time after the event even if you can’t make a particular session.

If you are a piano teacher, a candidate for an exam or you just want to discover more about piano practice and learning new pieces, this workshop is for you!

Click here for further information and to book your place.