Piano

News: the new piano syllabus and accompanying handbooks will be out in November. The current list and books will be in use up to and including the Summer session of 2018.

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

Resources

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What’s in the exam

Pre-Grade 1

Exam content

Pre Preparatory:

  • Exercises
  • Performance (2 pieces)
  • Note recognition

Steps:

  • Exercises
  • Performance (2 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