Percussion Exam Pieces & Studies, ABRSM Grade 4

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General Info

Year of Publication: 2019
Publisher: Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music
Pages: 36
Size & Presentation: 305 x 229 mm
Level: Grade 4
Catalogue No: 978-1-7860-1296-8
Cost: $17.43


Snare Drum
Keyboard Percussion


This book contains fifteen pieces from ABRSM’s Grade 4 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 5 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. Sarabande and Gigue composed by Alan Bullard
2. Gigue Gig composed by Damien Harron
3. Super Samba composed by Kevin Hathway
4. Marche Cassé composed by Cameron Sinclair
5. Dodging the Cracks in the Pavement composed by Zara Nunn

Timpani Pieces

1. D 'n' A Test composed by Adrian Bending
2. Fanfare and Procession composed by Peter Birkby
3. Checkers composed by Nice Woud
4. Dogfight composed by David Hext
5. Boil the Kettle composed by Adrain Sutcliffe

Tuned Percussion Pieces

1. Night Ride composed by Alan Bullard
2. Gladius composed by William Edwards
3. Star Gazing composed by Rachel Gledhill
4. Snow Day composed by Zara Nunn
5. Minor Journey composed by Ney Rosauro


Study A (Timpani)
Study B (Timpani)
Study A (Snare Drum)
Study B (Snare Drum)

Additional Resources

Percussion Scales & Arpeggios, ABRSM Grades 1-5
Percussion Sight-Reading Grades 1-5