When selecting repertoire for Diploma candidates, particular consideration must be given to the age of the performer, their affinity for certain styles, the technical and expressive demands of the works within the syllabus and maturity of the player. The criteria for exams at this level are discussed.
PIANO FOR LEISURE offered by the AMEB is a very worthwhile course offering a mix of Classical and Modern styles, including jazz and movie themes. This is suitable for those students who want to explore non-classical repertoire particularly at the intermediate level and higher grades Exams are offered covering all these styles- a combination of classical and jazz can be programmed for an exam.
The P Plate series by the AMEB is excellent for encouraging young students to explore the registers and colours of the entire range of the keyboard. There are three levels where the student can perform for an examiner, receiving a report without an assessment. After this the student may enrol for Preliminary grade. This is a suitable introduction to exams, especially for very young piano players.