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Composer Index
Bach, C.P.E. H (per E. Eugene Helm) reference no.
Bach, J.S. BWV (Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis) reference no.
Bartok, B. BB (per Laszl Somfai) reference no.
Chopin, F. Opus no., or CT no. if Opus is not available
Debussy, C. L (per Francois Lesure) reference no.
Field, J. H (per Cecil Hopkinson) reference no.
Haydn, J. Translate the roman no. into arabic (XVI/9 = 16.09)
Liszt, F. S (per Humphrey Searle) reference no.
Mozart, W. K (per Ludwig von Kochel) reference no.
Purcell, H. Z (per Franklin Zimmerman) reference no.
Scarlatti, D. K (per Ralph Kirkpatrick) reference no.
Schubert, F. D (per Otto Erich Deutsch) reference no.

Grade - to limit results to a certain grade enter a number from 0 to 10 here.

Home Page - Search Results
After a search is submitted the results will be displayed on the home page. If too many search results are found you'll get an error message to that effect, and you'll need to narrow the criteria and try again. Adding a Grade criteria is effective at reducing the number of search results.

Search results will often show multiple records for the same piece of music. This indicates that they are graded by multiple examination boards or reference groups.

Clicking 'View' in the search results summary will take you to the details page for that piece of music.

Home Page - Poll
An ungraded piece is shown here, together with a link to the relevant benchmark piece. Your opinion on the difficulty of the ungraded piece would be appreciated.

Home Page - Add Music
If you can't find a piece of music in the database, please add it here.

Details Page
The Details page displays more information about the selected piece of music, including the grade attached to it by the examination board or reference group to which this entry relates, and the PS rating, which is a 'consensus' rating attached to that piece by Piano Syllabus.

Most pages have a picture of the composer - click on this to go to a composer bio page.

Most pages also have an embedded Youtube video showing the piece being played. Please let us know using the comments box at the foot of the page if the link is broken, or if there is no Youtube video but you know of a suitable link, or if the embedded Youtube video is of low quality and you know of a better one.

Other details shown on the Details page are:

Related Entries - all gradings of a particular piece by different examination bodies and reference groups are listed here.

Random Suggestions - three pieces randomly selected from a pool of suggestions are shown here. The first piece is the same grade and from the same era as the subject piece, while the second piece is the same grade but from a different era. The third piece is from any grade and any era.

Benchmark Piece - this is the benchmark piece for the era and grade of the selected piece.

Grade Suggestion - use the buttons to select the grade you think is appropriate for this piece and submit it to us.

Other Comments - use this to add comments about the piece. You can also add your grade suggestions here.

Comments and Suggested Grades - this shows previous comments and grade suggestions for the selected piece.

The examination boards and reference groups used in the Piano Syllabus website are:

Syllabus Notes
ABRSM Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music
- Piano Grades 1 to 8
AGME Australian Guild of Music Education
- Piano Grades 0 to 10
- grade 0 covers prep/elementary/preliminary steps
- grade 8 is a Proficiency Certificate
- grade 9 is an Associate Diploma
- grade 10 is a Licentiate Diploma
AMEB Australian Music Education Board
- Piano Grades 0 to 11
- grade 0 is preliminary grade
- grade 9 is a Certificate of Performance
- grade 10 is an Associate Diploma (AMusA)
- grade 11 is a Licentiate Diploma (LMusA)

- Piano for Leisure Grades 0 to 11
- grade 0 is a preliminary grade
- grade 9 is a Certificate of Performance
GCSE Pearson Edexcel GCSE
- Piano Grades 1 to 9
NZMEB New Zealand Music Education Board
- Performance Piano Grades 0 to 10
- grade 0 is preliminary grade
- grade 9 is an Associate Diploma (AMusNZ)
- grade 10 is a Licentiate Diploma (LMusNZ)

- Piano Grades 0 to 8
- grade 0 is preliminary grade
Piano St Piano Street website
- refer website for details
RCM Royal Conservatory of Music
- Piano Grades 0 to 12
- grade 0 is preliminary grade
- grade 11 is an Associate Diploma
- grade 12 is a Licentiate Diploma
- note that grades 1 to 10 include a technical syllabus, pieces from which must be played from memory - these pieces are marked RCM(t)
RIAM Royal Irish Academy of Music
- Piano Grades 0 to 9
- grade 0 covers elementary/prelim/primary grades
- grade 9 is a Senior Certificate
Trinity Trinity College London
- Piano Grades 0 to 8
- grade 0 is preliminary grade


Composers Page
The Composers page shows all the composers in the database, and the number of entries each composer has in total and for each grade. The list can be restricted by era (baroque, classical, romantic, 20th century and modern) and by nationality. The list can also be restricted to female composers.

Clicking on any entry will take you back to the home page, with a search configured for those details.

Benchmark Page
The Benchmark page shows the benchmark piece for each grade and each era (baroque, classical, romantic, 20th century and modern). Clicking an entry will take you to the details page for that piece.