Improvisation can develop creative musicianship skills that unlock a variety of musical styles and technical ability.
Improvisation is one of four options in the supporting tests section of our piano exams – along with sight reading, aural and musical knowledge. This section of the exam supports the development of broader musical skills by assessing candidates in two different supporting tests.
Candidates choose options as follows:
Our improvisation tests are designed to introduce teachers and candidates to improvisation gradually, creatively and with a range of supporting resources. This test assesses candidates’ ability to improvise fluently, coherently and creatively in response to a musical stimulus.
Candidates choose a stimulus from the following three options, indicating their choice of stimulus on the appointment form:
This option requires the candidate to improvise over a notated piano part played by the examiner. Click here to download an example of the test:
This option requires the candidate to improvise solo in response to a short melodic fragment. Click here to download an example of the test:
This option requires the candidate to improvise solo in response to a chord sequence. Click here to download an example of the test: