Percussion Exam Pieces & Studies, ABRSM Grade 5

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General Info

Year of Publication: 2019
Publisher: Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music
Pages: 48
Size & Presentation: 305 x 229 mm
Level: Grade 5
Catalogue No: 978-1-7860-1298-2
Cost: $18.71


Snare Drum
Keyboard Percussion


This book contains fifteen pieces from ABRSM’s Grade 5 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. On-Off-On composed by Jan Bradley
2. Into a Vortex composed by Peter Birkby
3. On a Mission composed by Rachel Gledhill
4. Stamping Ground composed by Alex Neal
5. Vaya Puente composed by Cameron Sinclair

Timpani Pieces

1. Rising from the Deep composed by Alan Bullard
2. Conflict composed by William Edwards
3. A Storm in a Teacup composed by Rachel Gledhill
4. DEVS composed by Dani Howard
5. Russian Galop by Ian Wright

Tuned Percussion Pieces

1. Leap-Frog Funk composed by Damien Harron
2. Habanera composed by Bernard Hughes
3. Carnival composed by Jill Jarman
4. Afternoon Sorcery composed by Zara Nunn
5. Brazilian Dance 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