Grade 8

Overview of Grade 8

  • by this grade, the pianist has been exposed to repertoire from four historical style periods
  • start encountering masterworks of the pianist’s core repertoire
  • greater command of texture
  • increased stylistic refinement
  • a Popular selection from the Popular Selection List may be substituted for one study/etude

Books you need to prepare for Grade 8 Piano Exam

Grade 8 Requirements Points
Repertoire 50
One selection from List A: Baroque Repertoire 16 (1.5)
One selection from List B: Classical and Classical-style Repertoire 16 (1.5)
One selection from List C: Romantic Repertoire 12 (1)
One selection from List D: Post-Romantic, 20th/21st century Repertoire 12 (1)
Memory (figures in parentheses indicate points awarded for memory)
5
Technical Requirements 24
1. Studies/Etudes: one study or etude from Syllabus list 6+6
2. Technical TestsMajor keys: C, D, A, E, B, B flat, E flat, G flatMinor keys: C, D, A, E, B, B flat, E flat, F#-parallel motion scales, staccato scales, formula pattern scales, chromatic scales, scales in octaves, tonic four-note chords, dominant 7th and diminished 7th chords, tonic arpeggios, dominant 7th and diminished 7th arpeggios 12
Ear Tests

Intervals

Chords

Cadences

Playback

10

3

2

2

3

Sight Reading

Playing

Clapping

10

7

3

Total possible points (pass=60) 100

Achievements:

Depending on how you score in the piano exam, you will be awarded various achievements:

90-100 points First Class Honors with Distinction
80-89 points First Class Honors
70-79 points Honors
60-69 points Pass

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Your Choice: At the exam, you may choose to begin with either the Repertoire or the Technical Requirements; the Ear Test and Sight Reading will be conducted at the end of the exam

Theory Co-requisite: Advanced Rudiments and Introductory Harmony (recommended)

A full list of examination pieces can be found in the 2008 Edition, Piano Syllabus which you can purchase by clicking this link. It’s a resource every piano teacher should have!

RCM Piano Exam Syllabus