ABRSM has released a new Woodwind Syllabus for candidates who will be taking exams from January 2018 onwards.
Featuring revised sight-reading tests, new scales and arpeggio requirements and refreshed repertoire for Flute, Clarinet, Saxophones, Recorders, Oboe and Bassoon, the full syllabus is available to download from abrsm.org/woodwind.
Philippa Bunting, ABRSM’s Learning and Qualifications Director, said:
‘We’ve listened to feedback from teachers and candidates to help us select pieces for our syllabuses that are exciting, imaginative and inspiring to play and teach. Some popular pieces from the current syllabus remain while lots of new works have been introduced including an increased number of famous classical melodies and colourful, appealing pieces from films, TV and musicals.
‘The new sight-reading tests have been written in a range of familiar and accessible styles to allow candidates to demonstrate their musical intelligence. Scale requirements for all instruments have been rationalised with a general reduction in the number asked from Grade 3 onwards. This allows candidates and teachers to focus on accuracy, fluency and sound quality rather than on memorising a large number of different patterns.’