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Please review the summary listing below which show what’s taught at each grade on the piano and the objective criteria’s that will be completed whilst having classes with us. 

Please note that here at Multiply Music we will prepare you for your graded drum exams, however the official exams will need to be conducted off site with ABRSM themselves (governing body).

When you commence classes with Multiply Music you can start at any grade / level ability.  

GRADE 1

  • Recognise notes on a piano
  • Learn how to play basic chords (Am, C, Dm, Em, F, G)
  • Understand how to make a major chord minor (and vice versa)
  • Learn how to play C major scale both hands together (1 octave)
  • Learn about simple 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4 time signatures
  • Learn basic tempo words (allegro, adagio etc – whichever words come up in the grade book)
  • Know that barlines cancel accidentals
  • Be able to identify where a change in pitch occurs in a melody on the second hearing
  • Learn how to play G major and F major scales separate hands (2 octaves)
  • Learn how to play A minor and D minor scales separate hands (natural, harmonic or melodic) (2 octaves)
  • Learn how to play C major scale contrary motion (1 octave)
  • Learn how to play G major and A minor arpeggios separate hands (1 octave)
  • Understand what dynamics are (p, mp, mf, f)
  • Learn what accidentals there are
  • Learn about tones and semitones
  • Be able to clap the pulse of a piece and identify whether it is in two time or three time
  • Be able to sing back a melodic phrase played by you / the examiner
  • Be able to recognise notes on a stave (treble clef)
  • Be able to recognise notes on a stave (bass clef)
  • Learn the degrees of a scale (as numbers 1-8) and what an octave is
  • Learn note values and rest values (semibreve, dotted minim, minim, crotchet and quaver)
  • Be able to sightread a melody (in the key of C, G, F or Am) which includes crotchets and quavers using one hand
  • Be able to recognise key signatures (C, G, D, F major)
  • Be able to answer questions about two features of a piece played by you (the first will be dynamics; the second will be articulation)
  • Completed Grade Book 1

GRADE 2

  • Be able to play F and G major scales hands together (2 octaves)
  • Be able to play D and A minor scales hands together (natural, harmonic or melodic) (2 octaves)
  • Be able to play D and A major scales separate hands (2 octaves)
  • Be able to play E and G minor scales separate hands (natural, harmonic or melodic) (2 octaves)
  • Be able to play C major contrary motion (2 octaves)
  • Be able to correctly use a sustain pedal
  • Be able to hear the difference between a major and minor chord
  • Be able to hear difference of a melodic and harmonic scale
  • Be able to identify where a change in pitch or rhythm occurs in a melody on the second hearing
  • Be able to play a chromatic scale starting on D separate hands (1 octave)
  • Be able to play D and A major arpeggios separate hands (2 octaves)
  • Be able to play E and G minor arpeggios separate hands (2 octaves)
  • Understand dotted rhythms
  • Understand what articulation is (staccato vs legato)
  • Understand what more dynamics (ppp, pp, ff, fff)
  • Understand the difference between a slur and a tie
  • Learn more performance words such as grave, vivace, cantabile, dolce etc
  • Be able to work out the key of a melody (C, G, D, A major)
  • Be able to sing back a melodic phrase 
  • Be able to answer questions about two features of a piece played by you (the first will be dynamics, articulation; the second will be tempo)
  • Understand simple time (2/4, 3/4, 4/4) and how to group notes and rests within these times
  • Learn about compound 3/8, 6/8 time signatures
  • Understand that common time is the same as 4/4, and cut time is the same as 2/2
  • Be able to work out the time signature of a written down melody
  • Be able to work out notes on ledger lines (two)
  • Be able to write basic triads/chords on a stave (with a given time signature)
  • Be able to transpose in octaves
  • Understand that keys come in pairs (ie C major and A minor) (every major key has a relative minor key and vice versa)
  • Be able to recognise key signatures (A, E, B and D minor)
  • Be able to hear if a piece is in simple (two) or compound (three) time
  •  Complete Grade 2 book

GRADE 3

  • Be able to play D and A major scales hands together (2 octaves)
  • Be able to play E and G minor scales hands together (natural, melodic or harmonic) (2 octaves)
  • Be able to play Bb and Eb major scales separate hands (2 octaves)
  • Be able to play B and C minor scales separate hands (natural, melodic or harmonic) (2 octaves)
  • Be able to play E major scale contrary motion (2 octaves)
  • Be able to play a chromatic scale contrary motion scale starting on D (1 octave)
  • Be able to play D and A major arpeggios hands together (2 octaves)
  • Be able to recognise key signatures (A, E, B and D minor)
  • Be able to play E and G minor arpeggios hands together (2 octaves)
  • Be able to play Bb and Eb major arpeggios separate hands (2 octaves)
  • Be able to play B and C minor arpeggios separate hands (2 octaves)
  • Be able to clap back a melodic phrase and identify whether it is in two time, three time or four time
  • Be able to sing back a melodic phrase (two bars long) (major or minor key)
  • Be able to identify where a change in pitch or rhythm occurs in a melody on the second hearing (four bars long) (major or minor key)
  • Be able to answer questions about two features of a piece played by you (the first will be dynamics, articulation, tempo; the second will be tonality)
  • Understand that keys come in pairs (ie C major and A minor) (every major key has a relative minor key and vice versa)
  • Understand compound time (3/8, 6/8, 9/8) and how to group notes and rests within these times
  • Be able to transpose in octaves (from treble to bass clef)
  • Be able to work out the time signature of a written down melody (in common, cut and compound time)
  • Be able to work out notes on ledger lines (more than two) (both ways)
  • Be able to write basic triads/chords on a stave (with no given time signature, using accidentals)
  • Be able to rewite a melody with notes twice the value
  • Know the order order of sharps and flats in a key signature (sharps: Father Christmas Gave Dad An Electric Blanket – flats: Blanket Explodes And Dad Gets Cold Feet 
  • Be able to recognsie key signatures with up to four accidentals (major or minor) 

GRADE 4

  • Be able to work out the key of a melody (C, G, D, A major)
  • Be able to play B and C minor scales hands together (natural, melodic or harmonic) (2 octaves)
  • Be able to play B, F# and Ab major scales separate hands (2 octaves)
  • Be able to play F# and F minor scales separate hands (natural, melodic or harmonic) (2 octaves)
  • Be able to play Eb major scale contrary motion (2 octaves)
  • Be able to play C harmonic minor scale contrary motion (2 octaves)
  • Be able to play a chromatic scale starting on F# hands together (2 octaves)
  • Be able to play B, F# and Ab major arpeggios separate hands (2 octaves)
  • Be able to play F# and F minor arpeggios separate hands (2 octaves)
  • Be able to sing or play from memory a melody played twice by you
  • Be able to sing five notes from score in free time
  • Be able to answer questions about two features of a piece played by you (the first will be dynamics, articulation, tempo, tonality; the second will be character)
  • Be able to clap back a melodic phrase from the same piece and identify whether it is in two time, three time or four time
  • Be able to play Bb and Eb major arpeggios hands together (2 octaves)
  • Know what an enharmonic is (eg. the enharmonic equivelant of F# is Gb, and the enharmonic equivelant of D is C𝄪 or E 𝄫
  • Be able to rewite a melody with notes twice the value
  • Be able to rewite a melody with notes half the value
  • Be able to draw and read the alto clef (C clef) (middle C is on the middle line)
  • Complete Grade 4 book
  • Be able to recognise simple and compound time signatures are also duple, triple or quadruple (eg. 3/4 is simple triple, and 6/8 is compound duple)
  • Be able to play B and C minor arpeggios hands together (2 octaves)

GRADE 5

  • Be able to play A, E, B, F# and Db major scales legato hands together (2 octaves)
  • Be able to play F#, C#, G#, Eb and Bb minor scales legato hands together (melodic or harmonic) (2 octaves)
  • Be able to play Ab major scale staccato separate hands (2 octaves)
  • Be able to play F minor scale staccato separate hands (melodic or harmonic) (2 octaves)
  • Be able to play D major scale contrary motion (2 octaves)
  • Be able to play a chromatic contrary motion scale a third apart starting on F# (LH) and A# (RH) (2 octaves)
  • Be able to play A, E, B, F#, Ab and Db major arpeggios hands together (2 octaves)
  • Be able to play F#, C#, G#, Eb, F and Bb minor arpeggios hands together (2 octaves)
  • Be able to play a diminished 7th starting on B
  • Be able to sing or play from memory a melody played twice by you
  • Be able to play C# harmonic minor scale contrary motion (2 octaves)
  • Be able to clap back a melodic phrase from the same piece and identify whether it is in two time, three time or four time
  • Complete grade 5 book
  • Be able to sing six notes from score in free time
  • Be able to answer questions about two features of a piece played by you (the first will be dynamics, articulation, tempo, tonality, character; the second will be style and period)

GRADE 6

  • Be able to play D, F, Ab and B major scales hands together (4 octaves) (staccato and legato)
  • Be able to play D, F, G# and B minor scales hands together (melodic and harmonic) (4 octaves) (staccato and legato)
  • Be able to play D, F, Ab and B major scales contrary motion (2 octaves)
  • Be able to play D, F, G# and B harmonic minor scales contrary motion (2 octaves)
  • Be able to play chromatic scales starting on G# and B hands together (4 octaves) (staccato and legato)
  • Be able to play D, F, Ab and B major arpeggios hands together (4 octaves)
  • Be able to play D, F, G# and B minor arpeggios hands together (4 octaves)
  • Be able to play dominant 7ths in the keys of D, F, Ab and B hands together (resolving on the tonic) (4 octaves)
  • Be able to play diminished 7ths starting on G# and B hands together (4 octaves)
  • Be able to sing or play from memory the upper part of a two-part phrase played twice by you
  • Be able to sing a melody from score, with an accompaniment played by you
  • Be able to answer questions about two features of a piece played by you (the first will be texture, structure; the second will be dynamics, articulation, tempo, tonality, character, style and period)
  • Be able to clap back a melodic phrase from the same piece and identify whether it is in two time, three time or four time
  • Complete grade 6 book
  • Be able to identify the cadence at the end of a phrase as perfect or imperfect

GRADE 7

  • Be able to play Db, E, G and Bb major scales hands together (4 octaves) (staccato and legato)
  • Be able to play C#, E, G and Bb minor scales hands together (harmonic and melodic) (4 octaves) (staccato and legato)
  • Be able to play Db, E, G and Bb major scales a third apart hands together (4 octaves) (staccato and legato)
  • Be able to play C#, E, G and Bb harmonic minor scales a third apart hands together (4 octaves) (staccato and legato)
  • Be able to play Db, E, G and Bb major scales contrary motion (2 octaves) (staccato and legato)
  • Be able to play C#, E, G and Bb harmonic minor scales contrary motion (2 octaves) (staccato or legato)
  • Be able to play a legato scale in thirds in G major separate hands (2 octaves)
  • Be able to play a staccato scale in thirds in G major separate hands (2 octaves)
  • Be able to play a chromatic contrary motion scale a minor third apart starting on C# (LH) and E (RH) (2 octaves)
  • Be able to play Db, E, G and Bb major arpeggios hands together (4 octaves) (first inversion only)
  • Be able to play C#, E, G and Bb minor arpeggios hands together (4 octaves) (first inversion only)
  • Be able to play dominant 7ths in the keys of Db, E, G and Bb hands together (resolving on the tonic) (4 octaves)
  • Be able to play diminished 7ths starting on Bb and E hands together (4 octaves)
  • Be able to sing or play from memory the lower part of a two-part phrase played twice by you
  • Be able to sing the upper part of a two-part phrase from score, with the lower part played by the examiner
  • Be able to identify the cadence at the end of a phrase as perfect, imperfect or interrupted
  • Be able to identify the two chords (both in root poition) forming the above cadence (you will tell them the key)
  • Be able to identify whether the modulation at the end of a different passage is to the dominant, subdominant or relative minor
  • Be able to answer questions about two features of a piece played by you (texture, tonality, structure, dynamics, articulation, tempo, character, style and period)
  • Be able to clap back a melodic phrase from the same piece and identify whether it is in two time, three time, four time or 6/8 time
  • Complete grade 7 book

GRADE 8

  • Be able to play C, Eb, F# and A major scales hands together (4 octaves) (staccato and legato)
  • Be able to play C, Eb, F# and A minor scales hands together (melodic and harmonic) (4 octaves) (staccato and legato)
  • Be able to play C, Eb, F# and A minor scales hands together (harmonic and melodic) (4 octaves) (staccato and legato)
  • Be able to play C, Eb, F# and A major scales a sixth apart hands together (4 octaves) (staccato and legato)
  • Be able to play C, Eb, F# and A harmonic minor scales a sixth apart hands together (4 octaves) (staccato and legato)
  • Be able to play C, Eb, F# and A major scales contrary motion (2 octaves) (staccato and legato)
  • Be able to play C, Eb, F# and A harmonic minor scales contrary motion (2 octaves) (staccato and legato)
  • Be able to play a legato scale in thirds in E major separate hands (2 octaves)
  • Be able to play a staccato scale in sixths in C major separate hands (2 octaves)
  • Be able to play a chromatic scale a major sixth apart starting on Eb (LH) and C (RH) (4 octaves) (staccato and legato)
  • Be able to play whole tone scales starting on Eb and C hands together (4 octaves) (staccato and legato)
  • Be able to play C, Eb, F# and A major arpeggios hands together (4 octaves) (second inversion only)
  • Be able to play C, Eb, F# and A minor arpeggios hands together (4 octaves) (second inversion only)
  • Be able to describe the characteristic features of a piece played by you (texture, tonality, structure, dynamics, articulation, tempo, character, style and period)
  • Be able to play dominant 7ths in the keys of C, Eb, F# and A hands together (resolving on the tonic) (4 octaves)
  • Be able to play diminished 7ths starting on Eb and C hands together (4 octaves)
  • Be able to sing or play from memory the lowest part of a three-part phrase played twice by you
  • Be able to identify the cadence at the end of a continuing phrase as perfect, imperfect, interrupted or plagal
  • Be able to identify the three chords (including their positions) forming the above cadential progression
  • Be able to sing the lower part of a two-part phrase from score, with the upper part played by you
  • Be able to identify whether the modulations at the end of two different passages are to the dominant, subdominant or relative minor/major
  • Complete grade 8 book