As part of the 2020-2023 syllabus, ABRSM is introducing a new Initial Grade
exam for Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass with first exams taking place
from 1 January 2020.
The Initial Grade is a pre-Grade 1 assessment, following thesame structure,
content and assessment criteria as ABRSM’s existing graded music exams (three
pieces, scales, sight-reading and aural tests). It’s designed to allow
learners at the earliest stages of their musical journeys tocelebrate their
achievement, and is an ideal qualification for those who want a mark as well
as helpful feedback.
The Viola Exam Pack for Initial Grade contains nine pieces (three per list)
from the syllabus, the scales requirements and sample sight-reading tests.
Audio recordings of the nine pieces in each book are included with the pack
and will be available via a download and streaming code. A separate Specimen
Aural Tests book is also available for Initial Grade.
A1) Sheila M. Nelson Fish Cakes and Apple Pie
A2) Trad. American Old-Timer, arr. Huws Jones
A3) K. A. WohlfartPolka, arr. Nelson
B1) Edward Huws JonesRock-a-bye Rhino: No. 6 from The Really Easy Viola
B2) Thomas Gregory Silent Friends
B3) Trad. SpiritualAll night, all day, arr. Iles
C1) Peter WilsonBow Rock: No. 4 from_ Stringpops 1_
C2) Trad. Jamaican Hill and gully rider, arr. Bullard
C3) Trad. American When the Saints Go Marching In, arr. Blackwell