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PIANO ABRSM Initial Grade Program

Wed, November 4, 2020 - Wed, January 20, 2021 (4:25 pm - 5:25 pm)


Interactive, friendly and Intensive tuition from a professional pianist. The teacher will ensure that every participant receives advice and attention. Below is the well-planned program details to learn the secret of playing the Piano. The possibilities are endless!

ABRSM Initial Grade (12 Lessons)

Objective of this program is to teach students the content of ABRSM Initial Grade material. 

The ABRSM Initial Grade Exam consists of 4 section:

  1. Songs: Students are required to play 3 songs – one from List A, List B and List C respectively
  2. Scales and arpeggios
  3. Sight Reading
  4. Aural Test – 4 sections in aural test: (a) Clap the pulse of a piece played by examiner (2) Clap as “echos” the rhythm of two phrases played by examiner (c) Sing as “echos” the phrases played by examiner (d) To answer a question about one feature of the piece played by examiner


Lesson 1:

  • Explain the breakdown of the ABRSM Initial Grade Exam
  • Introduce C major Scale & C major Arpeggios, hands separately
  • Review the List A song (Song name: This Old Man) which we already learnt in Intermediate Level 1 Piano Program and polish it, mainly to work on the dynamics and musicality

Lesson 2:

  • Review C major Scale & C major Arpeggios and then introduce D natural minor scale & D minor Arpeggios
  • Review List A song
  • Learn a List B song (Song name: The Lost Bone) hands separately

Lesson 3:

  • Review C and D minor scale and arpeggios, then introduce C contrary motion scale
  • Review List B song hands separately then learn it hands together slowly
  • Introduce the concept of Sight Reading (the idea of being able to read music and play on the spot) and give students some training on Sight Reading

Lesson 4

  • Review all scales and arpeggios
  • Polish and practice List B piece
  • More Sight-Reading Practice

Lesson 5

  • Learn the right hand of List C song (Song name: Elephant Parade)
  • Review all scales and arpeggios

Lesson 6

  • Review List B piece again and help students practice
  • Review right hand of List C song and learn left hand of List C song
  • Introduce the 4 components of Aural Tests and practice component ‘a’ as listed above – the idea of being able to clap the pulse of a piece

 Lesson 7

  • Review all scales and arpeggios
  • Learn List C song hands together slowly
  • Sight reading practice

Lesson 8

  • Practice Aural Test component ‘a’
  • Introduce Aural Test component ‘b’ – the idea of being able to clap the rhythm of two phrases played by the examiner

Lesson 9

  • Review List C song and polish it – work on dynamics and musicality
  • Sight Reading Practice
  • Practice aural test component ‘a’ and ‘b’

Lesson 10

  • Introduce aural test component ‘c’ and ‘d’ – the idea of being able to sing back the two phrases played by the examiner AND the idea of being able to recognize important musical features in pieces.

Lesson 11 (Run through everything in the exam)

  • Review all scales and arpeggios
  • Review List A, B , C songs

Lesson 12

  • Sight Reading Practice
  • Practice all 4 aural test components ‘a’ ‘b’ ‘c’ ‘d’


Existing students can click here for notes:

Ticket Information

ABRSM Initial Grade Just £6.99 per class



payment for 12 lessons!

ABRSM Initial Grade Half Payment Just £6.99 per class



Payment for 6 lessons! Useful for those who prefer to pay in 2 installments

ABRSM Initial Grade Pack of Four Classes just £7.50 per class



Useful for those who want to try the lessons OR those who want to pay monthly.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - Wednesday, January 20, 2021

4:25 pm - 5:25 pm

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Denise is a professional harpist and an accomplished Piano teacher based in Toronto, Canada. As a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Honours Bachelor of Music Performance program, Denise has more than 10 years of professional performance experience as a soloist. In addition, she also performed with the Hong Kong Youth Symphony Orchestra, Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) Symphony Orchestra and WLU Wind Orchestra. Denise is a cheerful, charismatic and talented individual who would be an awesome teacher for all your online sessions!

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