Syllabus updates

Brass Syllabuses from 2023

Key dates

  • 8 September 2022: Online publication of Brass syllabuses from 2023 (Practical Grades and Performance Grades)
  • 8 September 2022: Print publications of new volumes of Scales & Arpeggios and sample Sight-Reading tests, reflecting the revised syllabus requirements
  • 1 January 2023: Brass syllabuses from 2023 come into effect

What’s new?

  • Refreshed repertoire lists and (for Practical Grades) scales and sight-reading requirements for all instruments and grade
  • Repertoire
    • more choice than before, with most instrument lists extended to ten pieces (30 pieces in total per grade)
    • new repertoire combined with some of the most popular pieces retained from the previous syllabus
    • duet option included in the lists for the first time - up to Grade 3
    • revised list structure
      • lists defined by musical characteristics rather than accompanied / solo and period of composition
      • playing unaccompanied no longer a requirement, but is now optional
    • focus on group teaching of mixed-instrument repertoire, with multiple pieces set across the Trumpet, Cornet, Flugelhorn, E Flat Horn, Trombone, Baritone, Euphonium and Tuba lists at Grades 1 to 5.
  • Scales [Practical Grades only]
    • a more realistic and manageable assessment load, with a focus on technical development and progression
  • Sight-reading [Practical Grades only]
    • revised parameters, such as keys, ranges and lengths to help strengthen progression routes.
    • new tests written in a range of familiar and accessible styles
    • for Horn and Trumpet, a new-style test at Grades 6 to 8 that combines the testing of sight-reading and transposing-at-sight into a single test

Syllabus validity

Brass syllabuses from 2023 come into effect on 1 January 2023. This means that:

  • for Performance Grades
    • candidates can begin to present the pieces from the new lists
    • candidates can continue to present the pieces from the preceding syllabus lists during the overlap period (see below)
  • for Practical Grades
    • candidates can begin to present the pieces and scales and sight-reading from the new 2023 syllabus
    • candidates can continue to present the pieces and scales and sight-reading from the syllabus during the overlap period (see below)
    • the aural-tests remain unchanged

Syllabus overlap

For candidates wishing to present requirements from the preceding syllabus, a one-year overlap period (up to 31 December 2023) applies in all countries.

All exam requirements must be prepared from the same syllabus.

  • for Performance Grades, this means all three set pieces;
  • for Practical Grades, this means all three set pieces and scales and sight-reading.

For Practical Grades, candidates must be prepared to tell the examiner which syllabus they have prepared.

More information coming soon


Piano syllabuses 2023 & 2024

Key dates

  • 9 June 2022: Online publication of both Piano 2023 & 2024 syllabuses (Practical Grades and Performance Grades)
  • 9 June 2022: Print publication of Piano Exam Pieces (Initial Grade to Grade 8) ­– with or without download codes for audio recordings of all pieces for the grade. Print publication of Teaching Notes on Piano Exam Pieces. Publication of a selection of set pieces as digital sheet music downloads.
  • 1 January 2023: Piano 2023 & 2024 syllabuses come into effect

What’s new

  • Refreshed repertoire lists at all grades
    • 70% of the 2021 & 2022 repertoire retained (21 pieces per grade)
    • the contents of Piano Exam Pieces fully replaced (9 pieces per grade)
    • a further 9 new pieces added per grade
  • Greater choice of repertoire than before, with the lists extended to 13 pieces (39 pieces in total per grade) and with music by a more diverse range of composers featured

Validity of syllabuses

Piano 2023 & 2024 Practical and Performance syllabuses come into effect on 1 January 2023. This means that:

  • candidates can begin to present pieces from the new lists;
  • candidates can continue to present pieces from the 2021 & 2022 syllabus lists during the overlap period (see below).

For Practical Grades, the scales and arpeggios, sight-reading and aural-test requirements remain exactly the same as for the 2021 & 2022 syllabus.

Syllabus overlap

For candidates wishing to present pieces from the 2021 & 2022 syllabus lists, a one-year overlap period (up to 31 December 2023) applies in all countries. All three set pieces must be prepared from the same syllabus.

More information coming soon

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