Grade 1 Theory – Revision Guide for Summer Exam Entry

We have many students sitting their Grade 1 theory exam this term. The exam usually takes place at Dunraven School, Leigham Court Rd  London SW16 (Streatham). See the list at the end of the email for students entered for the Summer session on Saturday 15 June at 10am.

Here’s a revision guide with a summary of the requirements.

Grade 1 Theory Revision Guide
Grade 1 Theory Revision Guide – Click to download

Please note that the guide includes Minor scales but these are not included in the current Grade 1 paper. They are included in Grade 1 practical piano so it is good to know the key signatures of these anyway as they will crop up in your pieces and sight-reading.

Here is a separate link to the Italian terms and symbols for Grade 1. These crop up in lots of the questions so you must know all of them. Remember – for Grade 2, you are expected to know all of these words plus new words.

Click to buy past theory test papers

Make sure you are working through at least 1 test paper a week. Bring these to your lesson and I will mark them. Ensure you have enough copies of the test paper so that you can leave one with me at your lesson and still have one paper at home to work through.

Summer Exam Entrants:

Safiya
May
Hannah
Madeleine
Eseohe

Pass, Merit or Distinction? How examiners mark your ABRSM music exam.

STOP PRESS: View our students’ results from the Summer 2014 ABRSM Session


Many students want to know how to get a Distinction in their music exams. There is a very useful guide written by ABRSM called These Music Exams which details the marking scheme that examiners use.

Summer 2014 - Here's Safiya (age 8) with her Grade 5 Distinction Jazz Piano Certificate. Click here to see more of our students' exam results.
Summer 2014 – Here’s Safiya (age 8) with her Grade 5 Distinction Jazz Piano Certificate. Click here to see more of our students’ exam results.

Here is a blank ABRSM mock exam form for use by teachers in accordance with the ABRSM exam marking criteria. There will be a session focussing on some of the Alternative List pieces in November – the session is for piano teachers. More details here: One Day Workshop for Piano Teachers in London

Many students do not realise that they can practice the aural tests at home but there is a really fantastic web site that you can use to help you prepare. See this link – there are lots of free tests plus it’s very reasonably priced to subscribe:

http://e-musicmaestro.com/auraltests/

Congratulations Anne-Marie: Grade 8 Piano Distinction
Congratulations Anne-Marie: Grade 8 Piano Distinction

 

Grade 1 Distinction, 144/150
Grade 1 Distinction, 144/150

 

Click to view our recent ABRSM exam results and certificates
Click to view our recent ABRSM exam results and certificates

I thought it may also be useful to see some of the comments sheets from examiners to compare and contrast this with the Marking Criteria. See below for the PDF with the breakdown of marks and the comments from actual exams ranging from Passes to Distinction.

Click here for the ABRSM Examiner's Comments
Click here for the ABRSM Examiner’s Comments

See some of our students’ recent exam successes:

Now available for our students: ABRSM Scale Practice Charts

Grade 3 ABRSM Piano Scale Practice chart

 


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