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Flute exams

FluteFlute exams consist of three pieces, chosen by the candidate from the appropriate lists in the current syllabus, scales and arpeggios, sight-reading and aural tests.

Total marks in all individual Practical exams are 150. 100 marks are required to achieve Pass, 120 marks to pass with Merit and 130 marks to pass with Distinction.

There are eight grades of assessment. Select a grade using the links below in order to view the syllabus and supporting materials for that grade.


New for 2014

FluteWe have expanded the number of fresh, appealing pieces for younger players from a wider range of publications.

In ABRSM Flute Exam Pieces for Grade 1 you’ll find a cool Brazilian bossa nova called Guanabara Bay in the style of Carlos Antonio Jobim and a playful march, Lupin, the Pot-Bellied Pig, both of which we expect to be popular choices with Grade 1 flautists.

Skipping ahead, in Grades 4 to 6 we’re featuring a very fine young Slovene composer called Blaz Pucihar, who writes exquisitely for the flute (slightly reminiscent of Poulenc) and who in the last year or two has been creating quite a stir in the world of flute teaching.

Also exciting about the syllabus are three newly-commissioned pieces specially written for our Grade 1 and Grade 3 Flute Exam Pieces books by the jazz composers and performers Nikki Iles, Dave Stapleton and David Gordon. Two other new commissions are featured in the Grade 2 book: a traditional folk-tune, Off She Goes, arranged by Alan Bullard and a catchy new piece written for us by Hywel Davies.

We’re also featuring two flautist-composers on the syllabus for the first time, both of whom have written prolifically and effectively for the instrument: the 19th-century French composer Eugène Walckiers, one of whose sonata movements appears in Grade 6 List A, and the contemporary American composer Gary Schocker, whose vibrant Dances and Daydreams is also set at this grade.

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