ABRSM Viola Exam Pack 2020-23 - Initial Grade




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 the same 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 to celebrate 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

List A

Nelson - Fish Cakes and Apple Pie

Trad. American arr. Huws Jones - Old-Timer

Wohlfart arr. Nelson - Polka

List B

Huws Jones - Rock-a-bye Rhino [Really Easy Viola Book, The: no.6]

Gregory - Silent Friends

Trad. Spiritual arr. Iles - All night, all day

List C

Wilson, Peter - Bow Rock [Stringpops 1: no.4]

Trad. Jamaican arr. Bullard - Hill and gully rider

Trad. American arr. Blackwell - When the Saints Go Marching In