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#946975 - 07/20/04 08:33 AM Matching piano literature to grade level?
Mojo2000 Offline
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Registered: 07/20/04
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I would like to find a large compendium of some kind which matches the large body of classical piano literature (circa 1650-2000) with corresponding grade levels. Most of my teaching experience revolves around Royal Conservatory of Music syllabi (Toronto), but I am aware of École Vincent d'Indy and Western Board. Also I hear something about Royal Schools, Guild Hall in London, England.

Can anybody post some pointers, please? \:D

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#946976 - 07/21/04 01:13 PM Re: Matching piano literature to grade level?
WynnBear Offline
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Registered: 07/13/03
Posts: 698
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I'm at work and the book is at home, so I can't quote the title.

Search Amazon for author Jane McGrath.

#946977 - 08/30/04 06:14 AM Re: Matching piano literature to grade level?
Peter_G_Moll Offline
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Registered: 05/17/04
Posts: 30
Loc: Arlington, VA
Dear Mojo2000,

Thank you for this most interesting post. This is a subject that interests me. I can suggest four items:

1. Hinson’s famous book on piano literature grades each piece in four categories, easy, intermediate, medium difficult and difficult. It is pretty comprehensive.

2. Jane McGrath’s book grades most pieces on levels 1 to 10. It is intended, I think, for teaching purposes because many difficult pieces (e.g. Godowsky) are not cited, and even pieces which I would consider to be of only medium difficulty attract the top grade of 10 (e.g. Handel’s Suite number 8 in F minor).

3. Klaus Wolters’ Handbuch Der Klavierliteratur Zu Zwei Handen and Georgii Walter’s Klaviermusik: one of these (which I am not sure) has a grading system also, referred to by Hinson in his preface.

4. The syllabuses of the examinations of the Associated Board of the Royal College of Music (ABRSM), at http://www.abrsm.org/.

Now I wonder if you can do me and the other readers of this forum a favor, please? That would be to post on the forum the syllabus of the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto). I have looked on the web site of the RCM but they do not list the piano syllabus there. Even if you listed only the repertoire for, say, the Grade 10 and the ARCT, that would be a great service for us all.

Thanks, and best wishes,

Peter G. Moll

#946978 - 08/30/04 08:17 AM Re: Matching piano literature to grade level?
netizen Offline
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Registered: 06/02/01
Posts: 1926
Loc: New York
Thumbs up here as well for the Hinson
You can probably pick it up second hand fairly inexpensive (say amazon.com) find it will still serve your purposes.

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#946979 - 08/30/04 08:24 AM Re: Matching piano literature to grade level?
plays88skeys Offline
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Registered: 01/08/04
Posts: 3091
Loc: Richmond, VA
I have an RCM syllabus. I will be happy to take the time to copy it, grade by grade, if enough people express an interest.

Or, in the alternative, you could ask about specific works and I can give you the RCM grade for it.
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. - Beverly Sills

#946980 - 08/30/04 02:06 PM Re: Matching piano literature to grade level?
HannahT Offline
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Registered: 04/09/04
Posts: 199
Loc: UK
Trinity College London
For the syllabus:


It's the board i use - Hope it's alright.
why was the mushroom invited to the party? because he was a FUN-GUY! :p


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