Percussion Exam Pieces & Studies, ABRSM Grade 1

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General Info

Year of Publication: 2019
Publisher: Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music
Pages: 28
Size & Presentation: 305 x 229 mm
Level: Grade 1
Catalogue No: 978-1-7860-1290-6
Cost: $14.34


Snare Drum
Keyboard Percussion


This book contains fifteen pieces from ABRSM’s Grade 1 Percussion syllabus from 2020, with five pieces from the repertoire lists for snare drum, timpani and tuned percussion. Every piece has been specially commissioned for this syllabus and provides players with an innovative and varied range of repertoire that spans solos, duets and accompanied pieces. For those preparing for the technical element of the Percussion exams, bespoke studies for timpani and snare drum have been included. Along with the tuned percussion scales and arpeggios (available separately), these studies fulfil the technical element of the Grade 1 Percussion syllabus. Percussion Exam Pieces & Studies is suitable for candidates taking ABRSM’s Snare Drum, Timpani, Tuned Percussion and Percussion (Combined) exams.


Snare Drum Pieces

1. Tandem composed by Kevin Hathway
2. Step 'n' March composed by William Edwards
3. Mind the Gap composed by Jan Bradley
4. Madison March composed by David Hext
5. Journeying Home from the Hills composed by Zara Nunn

Timpani Pieces

1. March composed by Archer Simon
2. Ceremonial composed by Cameron Sinclair
3. Yeti Dance composed by Andrea Vogler
4. Tumbledown Mountain composed by David Hext
5. Baroque Notes composed by Ian Wright

Tuned Percussion Pieces

1. Tightrope Tricks composed by Lizzie Davis
2. Smooov composed by Alex Neal
3. Tiptoe on the Ice composed by Zara Nunn
4. Morning Sunlight composed by Arthur Lipner
5. The Soldier's Return composed by Andrew Smith


Study A [Timpani]
Study B [Timpani]
Study A [Snare Drum]
Study B [Snare Drum]

Video Tutorial

Snare Drum

Tuned Percussion

Additional Resources

Percussion Scales & Arpeggios, ABRSM Grades 1-5