I level Diploma Piano Accompanist

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The first test verifies the candidate’s piano skills and musical maturity; the second one the theoretical and basic music knowledge.

First test

1) Performance of a at least 3 studies of different technique, among those by C. Czerny (op. 740), J. B. Cramer (60 studies), M. Clementi (Gradus ad Parnassum), I. Moscheles, F. Mendelssohn, J. C. Kessler, F. Chopin, F. Liszt, A. Scriabin, C. Debussy, S. Rachmaninoff, S. Prokofieff or studies of equivalent technical difficulty by other composers.

2) Performance of a programme (minimum duration: 15 minutes) containing:

– one Prelude and Fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier by J. S. Bach or another important polyphonic composition by J. S. Bach

– one Sonata movement by M. Clementi, F. J. Haydn, W. A. Mozart, L. Van Beethoven or F. Schubert

– one music piece freely chosen from the main Italian opera repertoire of the nineteenth and twentieth century, either accompanying a singer or singing the vocal part.

3) Sight reading of a short music piece chosen by the exam commission.

The commission reserves the right to interrupt the performance at any time.

Test 2

1) Sight-reading solfège, with syllables, on the treble clef. Difficulty level: complex rhythmics appropriate to the instrumental or vocal repertoire up until the 1900s.
2) Sight-reading solfège, with syllables, on the seven clefs. Medium difficulty
3) Sight-singing of a melodic solfège. Short modulations and transposition (one note up or down).
4) Music dictation of a short melody with accidentals.
5) General music theory questions.

N.B. candidates will be exempted from the latter test if awarderd with one of the following:


Motivational interview.