top of page

Grades 7 

The musical material selected for these grades may be described as being at the technically less demanding end of the continuum of professional repertoire. The number of keys and time signatures which may be used extends to the full range of possibilities. Melodic and rhythmic material may include a significant degree of complexity. The music will include passages where dynamics, articulation, phrasing and ornamentation demand considerable dexterity and flexibility. The repertoire of scales and arpeggios in Component 1 is expanded in number to include a large number of types; in addition, candidates may be asked to perform them with varying dynamics and articulations. Musicality is judged to be almost as important as technical accomplishment in the assessment, and the candidate is expected to communicate with an emerging sense of musical personality.

Details

hands separately and together, piano and forte,

legato and staccato     = 80

hands separately and together, piano and forte,

legato and staccato     = 80

hands separately, piano and forte ♩=120

hands together a minor third apart
piano and forte, legato and staccato    = 80

hands together a minor third apart 

piano and forte, legato and staccato   = 80

root position and 1st inversion, hands separately and together, piano and forte, legato   = 52

hands separately and together, piano and forte    = 52

hands separately and together, piano and forte    = 52

pngegg.png
pngegg.png
pngegg.png
pngegg.png
pngegg.png
pngegg.png

Component 1: Technical Work (15 marks)

Candidates can prepare either Option 1: Scales and arpeggios, or Option 2: Study.

Option 1: Scales and arpeggios

The examiner will ask for a selection of the scales, arpeggios and broken chords below. All are to be performed ascending and descending, from memory. Tempo markings reflect the capabilities expected at this level.

Requirements                                                                   Range

Scales                                                                                                                                        

C, D, A, E, B, F#, F, D♭ major;                                                  4 octaves                                                         
C, D, A, E, B, F#, F, C# minor 
(harmonic minor and melodic)

Contrary motion scale

C, D, A, E, B, F#, F, D♭ major;                                                  2 octaves                                                                                                         C, D, A, E, B, F#, F, C# minor (harmonic minor and melodic)

Scale in thirds

G and D major                                                                        1 octave

Chromatic scale in minor thirds

Beginning on D/F                                                                     2 octaves                                                                                                   

 

Chromatic contrary motion scale

Beginning on C, F#                                                                  2 octaves

 

Arpeggios

C, D, A, E, B, F#, F, D♭ major;                                                  4 octaves                                                           

C, D, A, E, B, F#, F, C# minor 

Dominant 7th arpeggio

In the keys of G, D, A, E, B, F major                                           3 octave

Diminished 7th arpeggio

Beginning on C#, D, E♭                                                           3 octaves 

 

Option 2: Study 

Louise Farrenc                       Study in D Op. 26 No. 7                           Piano Handbook 2021–2024: Grade 7 (LCM)
Carl Czerny                            Study in D minor Op. 740 No. 37             Piano Handbook 2021–2024: Grade 7 (LCM) 

         

Component 2: Performance (60 marks)

Performance of three pieces, one from List A, one from List B and EITHER a piece from List C OR an own choice piece. At least one piece performed in the exam must be taken from LCM Piano Handbook 2021-2024.

List A

Composer                                                                                  

Modesta Bor
Joseph Haydn
Dmitry Kabalevsky

Marianna D’auenbrugger

Georg F. Handel

Hensel [Mendelssohn] Fanny

Wolfgang A. Mozart

Pietro D. Paradies

Domenico Scarlatti

List B

Composer                                                                          

Halfdan Kjerulf
Dora Pejačević
William Baines
Mel Bonis
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Leoš Janáček

Philip Lane

Franz Liszt

Karol Szymanowski

Béla Bartók

Frédéric Chopin

Claude Debussy

John Ireland

Howard Ferguson

Gabriel Grovlez

Alexander Ilynsky

Max Reger

List C

Composer                                                                        

George Gershwin

Richard Lambert

Dmitry Shostakovich

Hans Werner Henze

Zenobia Powell Perry

Priaux Rainier

Scott Joplin

Christopher Norton

Carl Vine

Aaron Copland

Jenny Gould

Jennifer Linn

Christopher Norton

Peter Warlock

Christopher Norton

                            

Component 3: Discussion (7 marks)

Grade 7

This component of the exam consists of a short discussion with the examiner. The piano may be used to demonstrate where necessary. In addition to requirements to previous grades, candidates should be able to:

  • identify more complex chords, including sevenths and dissonances, as occurring in the music (either

    as chords or as melodic patterns)

  • identify cadences

  • give basic biographical information about the composers of the music performed, including general

    reference to their contemporaries

  • demonstrate historical and stylistic knowledge of the music styles and genres performed

  • explain how they might shape their performance to bring stylistic awareness to their playing and how different time periods have a bearing on tempo and dynamics (e.g. detached touch and terraced dynamics in Baroque music, refined legato and varied agogics and rubato in Romantic music)

  • demonstrate a widening musical awareness a little beyond the music performed

  • explain finger placement and posture on the keys and how these factors can change tone colours

Component 4: Sight Reading (10 marks)

Candidates will perform a short, previously unseen piece of music. Up to one minute’s preparation time will be allowed to study the test before playing, during which the candidate may try parts of the test if they wish. Sight reading parameters for each grade are listed. 

Component 5: Aural Tests (8 marks)

Grade 7 

Test 1

     1a. A harmonised passage, approximately 12 to 16 bars in length, in either simple or compound time, will be played. Candidates will be asked a selection of the following:

  • To identify the time signature

  • To identify whether the passage is in a major or minor key

  • To describe the overall dynamics

  • To describe the basic overall form (this will be limited to AB, ABA, AAB, ABAB, AABA) (2 marks)

     1b. Candidates will be given a copy of the score from Test 1a, without phrasing, tempo, articulation, or dynamic markings. The passage will be played once again in full; further shorter sections may also be played again. Candidates will be asked a selection of the following:

  • To suggest an appropriate tempo marking

  • To describe changes in tempo

  • To name the key

  • To describe phrasing patterns

  • To describe dynamics

  • To describe articulation

  • To identify modulations

  • To identify ornaments

  • To confirm their description of the form

    (4 marks)

 

Test 2

The key-chord of a major or minor key will be played, followed by a short melody in the same key, approximately 2 bars in length, finishing with a harmonised cadence (perfect, imperfect, plagal or interrupted) in the home key.

Candidates will be asked to identify the cadence by its conventional name (1 mark)

     The test will be repeated using a different example (1 mark)

pngegg.png

Title 

Fuga No. 1
Moderato from Sonata in B flat Hob. XVI/2 Presto from Sonatina in C Op. 13 No. 1

Rondo (3rd mvt.)
Allemand
Praeludio
Presto (3rd mvt.)
Presto [Toccata] (2nd mvt.)
Sonata in A K. 182 L. 139

Title 

Wiegenlied
Lilies
Water-Pearls
Au Crépescule Op. 111

Andante in A flat

A Blown-Away Leaf

Solitude

Nos. 1 or 2

Andante ma non troppo

Merry Andrew

Prelude No. 26 in A flat

Rêverie

Holy Boy

Bagatelle No. 2 in F sharp Minor

Petites Litanies de Jésus

Berceuse

Versönung

Title 

’S Wonderful from Funny Face

Ostinato Download

Prelude in E flat minor Op. 34 No. 14

Ballade from Six Pieces for Young Pianists

Blaize

Barbaric Dance

Magnetic Rag

Shiba Mo

Spartacus

No. 3 from ‘Four Piano Blues’

Stamp!

Le Chat et le Moucheron

A Steady Hand

Folksong Prelude No. 2

Prelude II

Publication

Piano Handbook 2021–2024: Grade 7 (LCM)

Piano Handbook 2021–2024: Grade 7 (LCM)

Piano Handbook 2021–2024: Grade 7 (LCM)

Sonata in E flat (Artaria IMSLP)

Suite No. 3 in D minor HWV 428 (Bärenreiter)

Klavierbuch in E minor (Breitkopf & Härtel)

Sonata in F K 280 (Bärenreiter or Henle)

Sonata No. 10 in D (Schott)

(Heugel IMSLP)

Publication

Piano Handbook 2021–2024: Grade 7 (LCM) 

Piano Handbook 2021–2024: Grade 7 (LCM) 

Piano Handbook 2021–2024: Grade 7 (LCM)

(Hamelle IMSLP)

Three-Fours Valse-Suite Op. 71 No. 2 (Schirmer or Augener IMSLP)
On an Overgrown Path JW VIII 17 No. 2 (Bärenreiter)

Piano Lollipops (Goodmusic)
Five Piano Pieces S 192 (Neue Liszt-Ausgabe IMSLP) 

Preludes Op. 1 No. 8 (Universal Edition)
Piano Anthology Grades 7 & 8 (LCM)

Piano Anthology Grades 7 & 8 (LCM)

Piano Anthology Grades 7 & 8 (LCM)

Piano Anthology Grades 7 & 8 (LCM)

Piano Anthology Grades 7 & 8 (LCM)

Piano Anthology Grades 7 & 8 (LCM)

Piano Anthology Grades 7 & 8 (LCM)

Piano Anthology Grades 7 & 8 (LCM)

Publication

Piano Handbook 2021–2024: Grade 7 (LCM) 

Piano Handbook 2021–2024: Grade 7 (LCM) 

Piano Handbook 2021–2024: Grade 7 (LCM) 

Pollicino No. 1 (Schott)

Piano Potpourri No. 6 (jeanniegaylepool.com) 

Klaviermusik von Komponistinnen (Schott)
(Schirmer or Dover)
Eastern Preludes Collection No. 13 (Boosey & Hawkes) 

Red Blues No. 4 (PWM)

Piano Anthology Grades 7 & 8 (LCM) 

Piano Anthology Grades 7 & 8 (LCM) 

Piano Anthology Grades 7 & 8 (LCM) 

Piano Anthology Grades 7 & 8 (LCM) 

Piano Anthology Grades 7 & 8 (LCM) 

Piano Anthology Grades 7 & 8 (LCM)

bottom of page