Continuing my previous post… here are my suggestions of the best pieces on the AMEB’s manual list from Grade 5 – 7 (and one from Grade 8 which I haven’t had as much experience with yet).
There are heaps more that are probably fantastic which I haven’t yet found, so please educate me with suggestions in the comments 🙂
Hyde – Study for Scales and Staccato – LIST A (also great for a good Grade 4 student as an extra list)
Grieg – Arietta No 1 Op 12 – LIST C
Bartok – Stamping Dance – LIST D
Czerny – Study in E Major – LIST A (great fun, fast piece, lots of movement in 3rds with two hands)
Bach – Little Preludes – LIST A (worth investigating but vary greatly in difficulty)
Beethoven – Minuet and Minore from Op 22 – LIST B (challenging, but very rewarding)
Tchaikovsky – Chanson Triste Op 40 – LIST C
Norton – Preludes II and V – LIST D (as you can tell, I’m quite a fan of Norton!)
Bach – D Major P&F Book 1 – LIST A
Moscheles – Study 6 Op 70 – LIST A
Beethoven – C Minor Sonata 3rd mvt – LIST B
Mendelssohn – Tarantella in C Major No 3 Op 102 – LIST C (fantastic fun work and only 2 pages – the real challenge is the tempo!)
Bonsor – Willie Wagglestick’s Walkabout – LIST D (a winner for any student – fun, musical, not overly difficult)
Joplin – Pineapple Rag – LIST D
Norton – any of the preludes – LIST D (vary in challenge, but all beautifully written
GRADE 8 (only one so far!)
Moskowski – Etude in G minor Op 72 No 2 – LIST A (fun and a little like Chopin’s Revolutionary Etude – good LH workout!)
…What are your favourites?
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