2017 was our 20th year online!

Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 3 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments.
Over 100,000 members from around the world.
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

Shop our online store for music lovers
SEARCH
Piano Forums & Piano World
(ad)
Best of Piano Buyer
 Best of Piano Buyer
(ad)
Faust Harrison Pianos
Faust Harrison 100+ Steinway pianos
(ad)
Wessell Nickel & Gross
PianoForAll
Who's Online Now
62 members (Bett, DFx, camperbc, David B, cygnusdei, 8ude, 12 invisible), 1,064 guests, and 687 robots.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
(ad)
Estonia Pianos
Estonia Pianos
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Hop To
Joined: Aug 2021
Posts: 22
R
Full Member
OP Offline
Full Member
R
Joined: Aug 2021
Posts: 22
I took lessons when a child but was never assessed back then. I have since taught and played myself for a couple years now, mostly for fun and to pass the time. But I'm curious what level i am now. Is there a online tool to grade my self?

Or does one need to hire a teacher for a session to make the assessment?

(ad)
Piano & Music Accessories
piano accessories music gifts tuning and moving equipment
Joined: Feb 2015
Posts: 2,449
2000 Post Club Member
Offline
2000 Post Club Member
Joined: Feb 2015
Posts: 2,449
It's really best to consult with a teacher. Your "level" consists of many different skills like reading and aural skils besides the usual technical skills and only a teacher can assess any gaps.

Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 14,943
B
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member
Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member
B
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 14,943
Originally Posted by Raptors1995
I took lessons when a child but was never assessed back then. I have since taught and played myself for a couple years now, mostly for fun and to pass the time. But I'm curious what level i am now. Is there a online tool to grade my self?
If you don't want to do a RCM exam in person ( https://files.rcmusic.com//sites/default/files/files/RCM-Piano-Syllabus-2015.pdf ) you could do an online 'performance' one, which only assesses your ability to play set pieces without sight-reading or aurals.

Personally, I don't think that really grades a student properly. After all, someone who can play Für Elise (because he has been practicing it for five years) but can't sight-read a very elementary piece, nor know how a perfect 5th sounds, nor tell the difference between a duple or triple time is, IMO, just a one-trick pony.


"I don't play accurately - anyone can play accurately - but I play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte. I keep science for Life."
Joined: Oct 2020
Posts: 510
500 Post Club Member
Offline
500 Post Club Member
Joined: Oct 2020
Posts: 510
You could look at the ABRSM Exam Page, download a couple different levels and see if you could competently play those pieces.
You still might not pass the exam, but it would give you a ballpark of where you might be.


Casio PX-S3000
Nope, no issues with it at all.
Took lessons from 1960 to 1969, stopped at age 16.
Started again in July 2020 at age 67. Lots more fun now!
Joined: Jun 2018
Posts: 1,930
1000 Post Club Member
Offline
1000 Post Club Member
Joined: Jun 2018
Posts: 1,930
Originally Posted by Raptors1995
I took lessons when a child but was never assessed back then. I have since taught and played myself for a couple years now, mostly for fun and to pass the time. But I'm curious what level i am now. Is there a online tool to grade my self?

Or does one need to hire a teacher for a session to make the assessment?

Your skill may be uneven. You may be able to play scales at a fast tempo, or dificult pieces, but a teacher can hear if you play the scale really even, and if you play the pieces with the correct technique. So yes, I think you'll need a teacher to make the assessment. And after the assessment, to help you fix whatever needs to be fixed. smile


Playing the piano is learning to create, playfully and deeply seriously, our own music in the world.
*
... feeling like the pianist on the Titanic ...
Joined: Dec 2012
Posts: 6,591
C
6000 Post Club Member
Offline
6000 Post Club Member
C
Joined: Dec 2012
Posts: 6,591
Originally Posted by trooplewis
You could look at the ABRSM Exam Page, download a couple different levels and see if you could competently play those pieces.
You still might not pass the exam, but it would give you a ballpark of where you might be.

That would work, _if_ you could judge whether your own playing was "competent".

That's somewhat unreliable if you record yourself, and just about impossible if you don't record yourself.

It would be better to find a teacher who regularly prepares students for exams, and get an evaluation from him/her.


. Charles
---------------------------
PX-350 / microKorg XL+ / Pianoteq
Joined: Aug 2009
Posts: 64
Full Member
Offline
Full Member
Joined: Aug 2009
Posts: 64
If you enter the pieces you are confident with into the database at www.pianosyllabus.com it will show the grades assigned to them by various exam boards around the world.

Joined: Jul 2014
Posts: 2,554
2000 Post Club Member
Offline
2000 Post Club Member
Joined: Jul 2014
Posts: 2,554
Originally Posted by Raptors1995
I took lessons when a child but was never assessed back then. I have since taught and played myself for a couple years now, mostly for fun and to pass the time. But I'm curious what level i am now.
With a digital piano anywhere between grades 0 and 2. You can't really obtain the technique required for level 6 and above on a digital and you can't self-teach grades 3 to 5.


Yamaha P-515
Joined: Apr 2009
Posts: 6,123
6000 Post Club Member
Offline
6000 Post Club Member
Joined: Apr 2009
Posts: 6,123
Is there a reason why your level matters?


Learner
Joined: Jan 2017
Posts: 573
R
500 Post Club Member
Online Content
500 Post Club Member
R
Joined: Jan 2017
Posts: 573
Originally Posted by JoeT
Originally Posted by Raptors1995
I took lessons when a child but was never assessed back then. I have since taught and played myself for a couple years now, mostly for fun and to pass the time. But I'm curious what level i am now.
With a digital piano anywhere between grades 0 and 2. You can't really obtain the technique required for level 6 and above on a digital and you can't self-teach grades 3 to 5.
I've learned up to around grade 8 on a digital. You can learn technique on one if you use movements which translate onto a grand. Grades 3-5 aren't that hard and a reasonably talented and disciplined student can teach themselves those imo. Sorry to be harsh, but I don't like the idea of new students being discouraged by falsely dogmatic advice. I feel like where you really start to absolutely need a teacher is diploma level and above. Pretty much any self taught student will start running into roadblocks when playing something like a Chopin ballade or hard Beethoven sonata. But a decent number can get up to grade 5-7 imo.

Joined: Dec 2012
Posts: 6,591
C
6000 Post Club Member
Offline
6000 Post Club Member
C
Joined: Dec 2012
Posts: 6,591
Originally Posted by ranjit
. . . Sorry to be harsh, but I don't like the idea of new students being discouraged by falsely dogmatic advice. . . .

+1.


. Charles
---------------------------
PX-350 / microKorg XL+ / Pianoteq
Joined: Apr 2009
Posts: 6,123
6000 Post Club Member
Offline
6000 Post Club Member
Joined: Apr 2009
Posts: 6,123
Don't be discouraged by anything about your level!

If you find any pleasure in your piano playing, why not just enjoy it. You can keep working to improve, and as long as you enjoy the process it's all good.

If you are seeking a job, a scholarship, or a prize, then, I suppose you need to play better than the rest of the field in order to win, but what other reason is there to need to compete?


Learner
Joined: Jul 2014
Posts: 2,554
2000 Post Club Member
Offline
2000 Post Club Member
Joined: Jul 2014
Posts: 2,554
Originally Posted by ranjit
I've learned up to around grade 8 on a digital.

And passed an examination?


Yamaha P-515

Link Copied to Clipboard
What's Hot!!
Pianos - Organs - & Keyboards, Oh My!
Our Fall 2021 Free Newsletter is Out , see it here!
---------------------
Selling my Hammond & Leslie!
---------------------
My first professionally recorded piece
---------------------
Visit Maine, Meet Mr. Piano World
---------------------
Posting Pictures on the Forums
-------------------
Forums RULES & HELP
-------------------
ADVERTISE on Piano World
(ad)
Pianoteq
Steinway Spiro Layering
(ad)
PianoDisc

PianoDisc
(ad)
Piano Life Saver - Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad)
Mason & Hamlin Pianos
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Modern U where is the sample folder located?
by MooganDavid - 10/25/21 11:33 PM
Introduction post
by An Old Square - 10/25/21 08:54 PM
Download Sheet Music
Virtual Sheet Music - Classical Sheet Music Downloads
Forum Statistics
Forums42
Topics209,743
Posts3,142,040
Members103,116
Most Online15,252
Mar 21st, 2010
Please Support Our Advertisers

Faust Harrison 100+ Steinways

Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver

 Best of Piano Buyer

PianoTeq Bechstein
Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

Virtual Sheet Music - Classical Sheet Music Downloads



 
Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
| Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | MapleStreetMusicShop.com - Our store in Cornish Maine


© copyright 1997 - 2021 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.5