Piano

About LCME Piano Exams

Exam levels
Exam formats

Alongside traditional graded exams, we also provide alternatives to our standard examination format designed to offer something different to our diverse range of candidates:

  • Graded exam – performance of three pieces, technical work, sight reading, a discussion and aural tests.
  • Recital Grade – 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 – (diplomas level only) an entirely performance-based exam

LCME Piano syllabus 2021

The LCME 2021 Piano Syllabus and handbooks are valid until further notice.

The 2021-2024 handbooks are packed with all the material you need for each exam component and can be purchased from our online shop. Please note that candidates must perform one piece from the handbook in their exam.

Changes and Updates

LCME’s most varied syllabus yet features remarkable pieces by composers, past and present, from over 37 different countries and showcases an exciting and diverse mix of musical styles, including classical favourites and dynamic new discoveries. 

In response to feedback, this syllabus now includes iconic film scores, more popular contemporary tunes, and a greater number of Romantic-era options for candidates to expand their musical repertoire further. Practice and performance tips around each piece and information about the composers have been included. 

The popular technical work option has been retained: candidates have the choice to demonstrate their technical skills with traditional scales and arpeggios or within the context of a piece with one of the set studies.

The discussion component of the syllabus has been revised and tailored towards piano players to include topics specific to the piano. Topics such as specific techniques and the development of the instrument through history have been included to broaden the candidate’s expertise in their field. 

The handbooks now also include a set of specimen aural and sight reading tests and a handy list of sight reading parameters at each grade, offering greater guidance for candidates and teachers alike.

Validity

The Piano 2021-2024 syllabus has been extended until further notice.

Recorded Exams

The current Technical Work and Discussion Questions for recorded exams are valid for 2021-2024 syllabus. These are subject to change, so candidates are encouraged to continue to prepare the full set of scales and arpeggios (if option 1 is chosen) and discussion questions as they would for an in-person exam.

List of Errata

LCME 2021 Piano Handbook Grade 4 - page 30, the mark for the left hand indicating 2nd time 8va (an octave higher) should say 2nd time 8vb (an octave lower) instead.

Resources

Diplomas

All DipLCM candidates are now required to perform at least one piece from In Concert.

All ALCM and LLCM candidates are now required to perform at least one piece from In Concert Book 2.

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IN-PERSON EXAM

DIGITAL EXAM

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)
  • Discussion
  • Sight reading
  • Aural tests

Leisure Play

Exam content

  • Performance (4 pieces)

Recital

Exam content

  • Performance (4 pieces)
  • Additional piece/Sight reading/Discussion

DipLCM

Exam content

Standard:

  • Performance
  • Discussion
  • Sight reading

Recital:

  • Performance
  • Discussion/Sight reading

Concert:

  • Performance

ALCM

Exam content

Standard:

  • Performance
  • Discussion
  • Sight reading

Recital:

  • Performance
  • Discussion/Sight reading

Concert:

  • Performance

LLCM

Exam content

Standard:

  • Performance
  • Discussion
  • Sight Reading

Recital:

  • Performance
  • Discussion/Sight Reading

Concert:

  • Performance

FLCM

Exam content

  • Performance
  • Programme notes

DipLCM Teaching

Exam content

ALCM Teaching

Exam content

LLCM Teaching

Exam content