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 discussion 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

Syllabuses

Grades

Diplomas

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

The new Piano Diplomas repertoire list will be published in the winter this year with first exams in the Spring session of 2019. The old syllabus will be in use for a further year as an overlap period and will be valid until the end of the Winter session of 2019.

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

Recital:

  • Performance
  • Sight reading

Standard:

  • Performance
  • Discussion
  • Sight reading

Concert:

  • Performance

ALCM

Exam content

Recital option 1:

  • Performance
  • Essay
  • Discussion

Recital option 2:

  • Performance
  • Discussion

Standard option 1:

  • Technical work
  • Performance
  • Discussion
  • Sight reading
  • Aural tests

Standard option 2:

  • Technical work
  • Performance
  • Discussion/Sight reading/Aural

LLCM

Exam content

Recital:

  • Performance
  • Programme notes

Standard:

  • Performance
  • Choose 2 of: Programme notes/Sight reading/Discussion

FLCM

Exam content

  • Performance
  • Programme notes

DipLCM Teaching

Exam content

ALCM Teaching

Exam content

LLCM Teaching

Exam content