ABRSM Syllabus 2019/20: An Announcement

Excitement is rising for the launch of the brand new ABRSM Piano Syllabus 2019/20 next month!

In the meantime, a proud author moment as I announce (with permission) that I have had the honour of contributing to the forthcoming Teaching Notes book, which will be published along with the rest of the syllabus on Thursday 7th June 2018.

The Teaching Notes

According to ABRSM,

Teaching Notes offers invaluable guidance for teachers on all 158 pieces set at Grades 1 to 8. For each piece, you will find teaching ideas relating to three areas of learning – musical context, technical challenges, and performance and interpretation – in a clear and easy-to-use layout.

“Written by experienced piano teachers, Teaching Notes also includes advice from ABRSM’s Chief Examiner on selecting and interpreting pieces. Alongside practical solutions to technical challenges, it’s full of creative ideas to support and inspire your teaching.”

The other experienced piano teachers who contributed are all good friends:

  • concert pianist, teacher, author and Chair of EPTA UK, Murray McLachlan;
  • educational consultant, writer and arranger Fiona Lau; and
  • pianist, teacher, concert reviewer and blogger Frances Wilson.

It’s been a particular thrill to be counted among such distinguished and well-known leaders in the world of piano education.

And no, none of us can tell you any more than that until 7th June!

But you can preorder the whole syllabus – and don’t forget the Teaching Notes book!! – from music retailers or directly from ABRSM online here.

The Pianodao Review

Given my involvement, you may already be wondering whether or not I will still be reviewing the new syllabus here on Pianodao – especially given that the review of the 2017/18 syllabus here was so popular and read so widely.

To answer – I won’t be reviewing the Teaching Notes book itself, other than to mention that it forms part of the overall raft of publications.

However, I will be reviewing the main syllabus as usual.

The fact is, other than writing some of the Teaching Notes, I had no input in the syllabus itself, the selection of repertoire, the publications or recordings. I can review them as usual, with genuine independence and impartiality.

I have my own views, of course, about the repertoire selections, which I will share. And I look forward to picking out my favourites, as well as identifying the overall trends in the new syllabus, as I did in my review the last time.

And it will be great to update readers on the publications themselves.

The Pianodao Review of the ABRSM Syllabus 2019/20 will be published on the morning of Thursday 7th June – so stay tuned!

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Andrew Eales

Andrew Eales is a pianist, writer and teacher based in Milton Keynes UK, where he runs Keyquest Music - his successful independent music education business, private teaching practice and creative outlet.

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