ABRSM Practical Music Grades Piano Syllabus 2025 & 2026

This page is still under construction but when it is finished we hope it will be useful resource for students studying the new ABRSM Piano Graded Syllabus. Below you can find a list of all the exam pieces and alternative pieces. Clicking the book title takes you to the page on our website where you can buy them!

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Initial Grade

THREE PIECES: one chosen by the candidate from each of the three Lists, A, B and C.. Candidates may perform a duet for one of their three pieces.
A
Composer
Piece/Work/Arranger
 Publication
Alan Haughton
Gopak
Pam Wedgwood
Make Way for the King! (No. 1 from Up-Grade! Piano Grades 0–1) without D.C
Trad. Swedish
Björnen sover, arr. Bullard
Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion & Chris Martin
Clocks, arr. Dunlop
W. Carroll
Raindrops (No. 4 from The Countryside)
Diabelli
Alla turca, Op. 149 No. 26, arr. Kern
Diabelli
Scherzo
Gurlitt
Dance (No. 2 from Das kleines Konzert, Op. 227)
Humbert
The Black Forest Doll (No. 3 from Allerlei Spielzeug)
Humbert: Allerlei Spielzeug (Schott)
Kabalevsky
A Little Scherzo (No. 6 from 24 Little Pieces, Op. 39)
Rebekah Maxner
Zonko’s Big Adventure (from Rock This Town) primo part
Rebekah Maxner: Rock This Town (Rebekah Maxner)
A. Reinagle
Allegretto (No. 9 from 24 Short and Easy Pieces, Op. 1)
Bertram Schattel Racing Against Each Other (No. 12 from For Rosalie and Finn) primo part Pp. 23–24 from Bertram Schattel: For Rosalie and Finn (Breitkopf & Härtel)
Trad. Irish John Ryan’s Polka, arr. Blackwell Piano Star 2 (ABRSM)
Pam Wedgwood Mission Impossible (No. 11 from Up-Grade! Piano Grades 0–1) Pam Wedgwood: Up-Grade! Piano Grades 0–1 (Faber)
Elsie Wells Donkey Ride (from Sea Pictures, Set 1) primo part Duets with a Difference: Piano Time Duets, Book 1 (OUP)

 B

Beyer

Melody in G (No. 39 from École préliminaire de piano, Op. 101) Piano Exam Pieces 2025 & 2026, Initial Grade (ABRSM)
Ben Crosland King for a Day! (from Magic Beans!) Piano Exam Pieces 2025 & 2026, Initial Grade (ABRSM)
Robyn Fenty, Temilade Openiyi, Ludwig Göransson & Ryan Coogler Lift me up (from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever), arr. L’Estrange pedalling optional Piano Exam Pieces 2025 & 2026, Initial Grade (ABRSM)
Agay Moonlit Pagoda More Classics to Moderns, Book 1 (Yorktown Music Press)
June Armstrong Butterfly primo part DUET Piano Star Duets (ABRSM)
Louise Chamberlain The Sad Little Pig (from Step It Up! Piano Grades 0–1) Louise Chamberlain: Step It Up! Piano Grades 0–1 (Faber)
Pauline Hall The Secret Garden pedalling optional Piano Time Pieces 1 (OUP)
Alan Haughton Budgie (from Fun Club Piano Grades 0–1) Alan Haughton: Fun Club Piano Grades 0–1 (Kevin Mayhew)
Karen Marshall Sprinkling Stardust Piano Star 2 (ABRSM)
Alison Mathews

Sailing Under a Moonlit Sky 

una corda optional

Mosaic, Vol. 1 (Editions Musica Ferrum)
Christopher Norton Enchanted Castle (No. 6 from The Microjazz Duets Collection 1primo part DUET Christopher Norton: The Microjazz Duets Collection 1 (Boosey & Hawkes)
Orff No. 1 (from Two Pieces) From Bartók to Stravinsky (Schott)

 

Phil Peskett

A Dream on the Prairie Nikki Iles & Friends, Easy to Intermediate (ABRSM)
Satie What the Little Princess Tulip Says (No. 2 from Menus propos enfantins) Satie: Nine Children’s Pieces (ABRSM) or Pianissimo: Piano Piccolo (Schott) or Classics to Moderns, Book 1 (Yorktown Music Press)
Trad. Chinese (Jiangsu)

Crescent Moon, arr. N. & R. Faber

student part SOLO/DUET

ShowTime Piano, Music from China, Level 2A (Faber Piano Adventures)
Pam Wedgwood

Whirleybird (No. 2 from Up-Grade! Piano Grades 0–1)

Pam Wedgwood: Up-Grade! Piano Grades 0–1 (Faber) or Pam Wedgwood: Piano for Fun (Faber)

 

 

 

 

 

Grade 1

THREE PIECES: one chosen by the candidate from each of the three Lists, A, B and C; for further details see pages 11–13. Candidates may perform a duet for one of their three pieces.

A

Composer
Piece/Work/Arranger
 Publication
 

Grade 2

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Grade 3

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