Posted 22 June 2017 - 22:33
Yes - so far so good! I like the Initial and grade 1 selection - I have (grudgingly) bought the Raise the Bar and Piano Solos books. I am finding the current ABRSM grade 1 just too hard for my tinies - much harder than 2015/16 & have switched quite a few to LCM as the love learning the much more popular tunes. I've a few Trinity pupils working from grade 2- up to grade 6. The new grade 2 is much less inspiring than the 14-17, I've just today given a lad an old syllabus as it has a years overlap & the new grade 2 is much less 'jazzy' - although another 2 terms of Mexican March, Ländler, Penguin Parade and The Swing Detectives might just finish me, the kids loved it!
I like 3/4/5/6 - although 6 is on the easy side. The Lord of the Rings is gorgeous but should prob be grade 5. Also like that there's a Satie Gymnopodie on the list. The 5 I think is a similar level to ABRSM, I particularly like the Haydn Andante, the Diabellia & the Bartok which you could mix with some great modern pieces by Norton / Cornick. It doesn't have enough Romantic repetoire on this list for me... but that's personal choice!
Some other good core repetoire at lower grade, but all seem to be on the alternative list. I love the Schumann Album and use it across grade 3-5 pupils so Wilder Reiter will definitely be making a regular appearance, alongside the Hushaby Mountain arrangement which seems quite friendly and tuneful, and Sunrise on the Matterhorn which is lovely!
I like the Ben Crosland pieces and the Waltz Mystique, and Tango Passionasis at grade 4 (I think the composer has a couple of nice pieces included on the syllabus')
The Splash book has Raindrops included which was on the ABRSM grade 2 last year, and then Trinity have included a piece arc grade 1, and at grade 4 from the same book. I really like the book! Great imaginative pieces.
Trinity is never going to be for everyone, but I'm finding the ABRSM grade 1 & 4 quite hard going at the moment- so is nice to have alternatives!
I haven't looked at 7 or 8 as my high achieving pupils are all ABRSM.