Getting to Grade 1 piano: Progression and Exam Options

More children than ever, that I teach, are practicing and earning their ‘piano certificates’ by working through the beginner exams. It’s fits so nicely with the primary curriculum, and gives such a sense of achievement in a similar way to dancing rosettes or swimming badges.


From my own experience:

Grade 1 piano is a long, long way from beginning, and may take students a varying number of months / years to get there. The exam boards offer different methods and pre-grade 1 tests to mark and celebrate steps on that journey. I have sorted them into ‘levels’ below so you can see how the progression is made across the  different exam boards and which level you / your child are currently working at.