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Percussion - ABRSM Exam Material

The new ABRSM Percussion syllabus is available now and is valid for exams from 1 January 2020. It features a huge refresh of the repertoire with over 80 exciting, newly commissioned pieces by leading percussion composers and educationalists. Learners can immerse themselves in innovative new repertoire, which offers:

  • A variety of genres and styles from baroque and classical to swing, contemporary, jazz and modern.
  • Solos, duets, accompanied and multi-percussion pieces.
  • A flexible and accessible approach to percussion assessment, reflecting the musical and practical realities of the contemporary, multi-skilled world of percussion.
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ABRSM Percussion Exam Pieces & Studies, Grade 1

ABRSM Percussion Exam Pieces & Studies, Grade 1 £9.95   £9.45

ABRSM Percussion Exam Pieces & Studies, Grade 2

ABRSM Percussion Exam Pieces & Studies, Grade 2 £10.95   £10.40

ABRSM Percussion Exam Pieces & Studies, Grade 3

ABRSM Percussion Exam Pieces & Studies, Grade 3 £11.95   £11.35

ABRSM Percussion Exam Pieces & Studies, Grade 4

ABRSM Percussion Exam Pieces & Studies, Grade 4 £12.95   £12.30

ABRSM Percussion Exam Pieces & Studies, Grade 5

ABRSM Percussion Exam Pieces & Studies, Grade 5 £13.95   £13.25

ABRSM Percussion Scales & Arpeggios, Grades 1-5

ABRSM Percussion Scales & Arpeggios, Grades 1-5 £5.50   £5.23

ABRSM Percussion Scales & Arpeggios, Grades 6-8

ABRSM Percussion Scales & Arpeggios, Grades 6-8 £6.25   £5.94

ABRSM Percussion Sight-Reading, Grades 1-5

ABRSM Percussion Sight-Reading, Grades 1-5 £6.50   £6.18

ABRSM Percussion Sight-Reading, Grades 6-8

ABRSM Percussion Sight-Reading, Grades 6-8 £6.95   £6.60

ABRSM Percussion Studies, Grades 6-8

ABRSM Percussion Studies, Grades 6-8 £6.25   £5.94

Principal Percussion Grade 6 - 8 published by ABRSM

Principal Percussion Grade 6 - 8 published by ABRSM £11.50   £10.93

Graded Music for Snare Drum Book 1 published by ABRSM

Graded Music for Snare Drum Book 1 published by ABRSM

Grade 1 & 2

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Tailored exam structure

The new syllabus offers more flexibility than ever before and learners can focus on a single subject – Snare Drum, Timpani or Tuned Percussion exams – or they can perform across all three subjects in the Percussion (Combined) exam. There are also opportunities to play pieces accompanied by both piano and percussion across all subjects, as well as pieces for multi-percussion.

New supporting publications

To accompany the new syllabus we’ve published a suite of supporting books to help learners prepare for their exams. These books cover the four percussion subjects – Snare Drum, Timpani, Tuned Percussion and Percussion (Combined) – and include:

Percussion Exam Pieces and Studies

  • Available for Grades 1 to 5, one book per grade
  • Five pieces per instrument strand, per grade – 15 pieces total per book.
  • Also includes four technical studies for each grade – two Snare Drum, two Timpani
  • Pull-out score containing duet parts and accompaniments

Principal Percussion

  • Available for Grades 6-8, one book for all three grades
  • Feature nine newly commissioned pieces - three per grade, one per instrument strand

Percussion Scales and Arpeggios

  • Available for Grades 1-5 and 6-8
  • Suitable for Tuned Percussion exams, or Tuned Percussion element in combined exam (if a candidate chooses to sit Scales and Arpeggios over a Technical Study)

Percussion Sight-Reading

  • Available books for Grades 1-5 and 6-8
  • Includes Snare Drum, Timpani and Tuned Percussion sight-reading pieces

Percussion Studies

  • Available for Grades 6-8, one book for all three grades
  • Contains four studies per grade - two Snare Drum, two Timpani
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