Grade 1

At Grade 1, you can learn about syncopation and how to play blue notes. You’ll perform three songs and build on your Initial Session skills.

Choose your songs from our song list, including one of the Technical focus songs that develop particular skills. There’s an option for you to play your own cover version of a song or, if you’re a songwriter, one of your own songs.

You’ll find more information about how the exam works in the downloadable syllabus.


Grade 1 Keyboards song list

The Grade 1 Keyboards songbook includes everything you need for the exam – sheet music for six songs, performance tips, technical support and guidance on Session skills, together with a CD of demo and backing tracks. If you want to buy individual songs, choose them from the list below.

An alternative song is available for Keyboards Grade 1 - Eternal Flame by The Bangles

Grade 1 Keyboards demo videos

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Swinging quavers and playing a melody with a flowing style

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Make sure that you don't rush the beat

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Practising right hand syncopation

Session Skills

Players choose Playback or Improvising.


You’ll perform some music you haven’t seen or heard before – you can sight-read from a song chart or play by ear from an audio track, or both.


You’ll be given a song chart with chord symbols and song style and will improvise over a backing track.

Songs: The Climb, Freight Train, I Believe I'll Dust My Broom, If You Don't Know Me By Now, Insomnia, Let's Dance





2015-17 SYLLABUS