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 Violin 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) Trad. German Lightly Row, arr. Blackwell
B1) Katherine & Hugh Colledge Waterfall: No. 9 from Waggon Wheels
B2) Thomas Gregory Silent Friends
B3) Edward Huws Jones On the River
C1) Kathy & David Blackwell In the Groove
C2) Peter Martin Hop Scotch: No. 2 from Child’s Play
C3) Trad. Jamaican Hill and gully rider, arr. Bullard