For the first time, ABRSM will make a selection of pieces from its Piano syllabus available as digital sheet music downloads.
ABRSM’s Piano syllabus 2021 & 2022 was launched on 9 July, and comes into effect on 1 January 2021. The new syllabus has completely revised repertoire choices and list structure, with lists defined by musical characteristics rather than period of composition. 48 pieces are now available as downloads, and will provide a broad selection of the diverse choice of inspirational pieces from the lists for Initial to Grade 8. As the new repertoire lists are the same for the long-standing Practical Grades and ABRSM’s new remotely-assessed Performance Grades, downloaded pieces can be used to prepare for both exams.
Digital downloads can be viewed on any device or printed, and are available from ABRSM’s online shop and all major digital retailers including Sheet Music Direct, Musicroom.com, Sheet Music Plus, and an extensive network of online and in-store digital retailers. The downloads complement ABRSM’s best-selling printed editions of its supporting resource, Piano Exam Pieces, which was published on 9 July, and is available worldwide.
Michael Elliott, ABRSM’s Chief Executive, said
“The introduction of digital sheet music downloads is part of ABRSM’s organisational response to changing customer needs, and one that is especially relevant in the context of an growing landscape of remote teaching and learning. We are excited that our future offer will also include online Theory exams and new remotely-assessed Performance Grade qualifications, that will provide access, consistency and greater flexibility in an increasingly virtual world.”
Robin Barry, ABRSM’s Publishing Director, said
“This new service is a collaboration between ABRSM and Hal Leonard Europe, as well as Faber E-Partners and Boosey & Hawkes, enabling us to offer a varied selection from our new Piano syllabus lists via both ABRSM’s long-established online shop, which is operated by Boosey & Hawkes, and through Hal Leonard Europe’s extensive retail channels and networks. With the choice and added convenience of digital sheet music, ABRSM can support teachers and learners exploring our new Piano syllabus more fully than ever before as they progress on their musical journeys.’