At Grade 2, you can learn about rhythmic control and how to play a glissando. You’ll perform three songs and build on your Grade 1 Session skills.
Choose your songs from our song list, including one of the Technical focus songs that develop particular skills. There’s an option for you to play your own cover version of a song or, if you’re a songwriter, one of your own songs.
You’ll find more information about how the exam works in the downloadable syllabus.
The Grade 2 Keyboards songbook includes everything you need for the exam – sheet music for six songs, performance tips, technical support and guidance on Session skills, together with a CD of demo and backing tracks. If you want to buy individual songs, choose them from the list below.
An alternative song for Grade 2 Keyboards is available now - Somewhere Only We Know by Keane
How to make the most of an emotionally charged key change
Playing the left hand staccato and the right hand legato at the same time
Anchoring in the left hand part
Players choose Playback or Improvising.
You’ll perform some music you haven’t seen or heard before – you can sight-read from a song chart or play by ear from an audio track, or both.
You’ll be given a song chart with chord symbols and song style and will improvise over a backing track.
Songs: I Have Nothing, Mean Jumper Blues, Music For A Found Harmonium, Nights In White Satin, No Sound But The Wind, Ruby Tuesday
Real songs. Real skills. Real progress.
'Imagine you’ve just walked on stage [with] 20,000 people screaming your name.'
Improvisation is a key skill for contemporary musicians. Many of the best tracks you hear came from studio improvisation sessions.