Teacher (piano)

Video guides for students – for a bird’s-eye view of the keyboard!

ABRSM Prep Test Repertoire
Tune A: Cracking open a nut
Tune B: Swinging through the trees
Tune C: Dreaming
Piece: Train Ride
Piece: Summer Fair
ABRSM Grade 1 Repertoire
A1: Theme - Attwood
A2: Minuet in C - Duncombe
A3: Agincourt Song - Anon. 15th-century English
B1: Wiegenlied - Brahms
B2: The Echo - Theodor Oesten
B3: The Lonely Road - Felix Swinstead
C1: Happy Day - Ian King
C2: Who Said Mice? - J. M. Last
C3: The Egyptian Level - Kevin Wooding
ABRSM Grade 2 Repertoire
A1: Lesson in C - Diabelli
A2: Musette in D - Anonymous
A3: Gigue à l'Angloise - Telemann
B1: Arabesque - Bergmüller
B2: Waltz - Kabalevsky
B3: Lazy Bear - Vitalij Neugasimov
C1: Dusty Blue - June Armstrong
C2: Ja-Da - Bob Carleton
C3: Petite Valse - Brian Chapple
ABRSM Grade 3 Repertoire
A1: Allegro - James Hook
A2: Giga - Carlos de Seixa
A3: Bransles de la Torche -Michael Praetorius
B1: Shadows - Walter Carroll
B2: Allegretto grazioso - Cornelius Gurlitt
B3: Predule - Reinecke
C1: Dance - Béla Bartók
C2: Diversion - Richard Rodney Bennett
C3: Blues in the Attic - Nikki Iles

ABRSM Grade 6 repertoire
C2: Sérénade sur l'eau - Jacques Ibert
Non-Grade repertoire 
The Kalendar Prince - Rimsky-Korsakov
Solfeggietto - CPE Bach

Laurence read music at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, where he was the recipient of both Choral and Academic scholarships. After graduating, he gained a DipABRSM in piano performance and a further DipABRSM in singing and has taught for the last ten years in schools and privately. He continued his studies, firstly completing the Graduate Teaching Programme in secondary classroom music with the Institute of Education (graded as ‘Outstanding’) and secondly at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, graduating with a MMus with distinction in singing. He now combines his teaching with a career as an accompanist and operatic tenor, working with a range of smaller and more established companies and festivals. In his teaching, he aims to be led as much as possible by the students’ own interests and goals, and is equally at home with grade exams or with more individual frameworks.

Audio only student resources:

Below are a number of recordings of pieces from various grades (performed on my Kawai grand at my home). If you or your child is preparing for taking exams, it might be useful to get an idea of how the technical difficulty matches the grade, and the sort of character and articulation that is expected of different styles and periods.

Grade 1 Repertoire

Grade 2 Repertoire

Grade 3 Repertoire

Grade 4 Repertoire

Free Repertoire (more advanced)