Piano

There are eight LCM Piano grades, plus three introductory levels, four performance diplomas and three teaching diplomas.

The standard graded exams consist of a performance of three pieces, technical work, sight reading, a viva voce and aural tests.

We also provide alternatives to our standard examination format designed to offer something different to our diverse range of candidates:

  • Recital – an exam entirely or predominantly performance-based
  • Leisure Play – a performance of four pieces, with an optional own-choice piece
  • Performance Award – a performance-based assessment by video submission
  • Concert – an entirely performance-based diploma exam

Syllabus

Grades

Diplomas

Resources

What’s in the exam

Pre-Grade 1

Exam content

Pre Preparatory:

  • Exercises
  • Performance (4 pieces)
  • Note recognition

Steps:

  • Exercises
  • Performance (4 pieces)
  • Questions

Grades

Exam content

  • Technical work
  • Performance (3 pieces)
  • Viva voce
  • Sight reading
  • Aural tests

Leisure Play

Exam content

  • Performance (4 pieces)

Recital

Exam content

  • Performance (4 pieces)
  • Additional piece/Sight reading/Viva voce

DipLCM

Exam content

Recital:

  • Performance
  • Sight reading

Standard:

  • Performance
  • Viva voce
  • Sight reading

Concert:

  • Performance

ALCM

Exam content

Recital option 1:

  • Performance
  • Essay
  • Viva voce

Recital option 2:

  • Performance
  • Viva voce

Standard option 1:

  • Technical work
  • Performance
  • Viva voce
  • Sight reading
  • Aural tests

Standard option 2:

  • Technical work
  • Performance
  • Viva voce/Sight reading/Aural

LLCM

Exam content

Recital:

  • Performance
  • Programme notes

Standard:

  • Performance
  • Choose 2 of: Programme notes/Sight reading/Viva voce

FLCM

Exam content

  • Performance
  • Programme notes

DipLCM Teaching

Exam content

ALCM Teaching

Exam content

LLCM Teaching

Exam content