Learn how Yamaha tests students, teachers and professionals in a broad range of musical skills. Available to the general public, Grade Examinations have been taken by over 400,000 musicians since 1980.
The Yamaha Grade Examination System was established in 1967 to improve and standardize music instruction by requiring teachers to achieve certain levels of musical knowledge, proficiency and teaching skills.
Since its debut, this innovative method of evaluating musical ability has inspired excellence in students and teachers in 27 countries. And since 1980 over 400,000 candidates, ranging from beginner to professional, have taken the Yamaha Grade Examination at authorized locations around the world.
Yamaha Grade Examination System Structure
Yamaha Grade Examination student grades begin at Grade 13 and progress through Grade 6. Grades 5-3 are teacher level examinations, and Grades 2 and 1 are available to anyone interested in taking a professional performance examination.
The Yamaha Grade Examination System is open to all music students, teachers and professionals. A candidate need not be enrolled or employed at Yamaha Music School to take the examination.
Courses offered at Yamaha Music Schools provide excellent preparation for the Yamaha Student Grade Examination.
Preparatory materials include: repertoire collections, workbooks for improvisation and sight playing, collections of past exams. These materials may be ordered through your local Yamaha Music School.
Piano Performance Examination
- Hearing (Grades 13-6 only)
- Performance of candidate’s own composition (Piano Grade 3 only)
Fundamentals of Music Examination (Grades 5-3 only)
- Melody singing
- Melody singing with Accompaniment
- Music Theory (Grade 5 only)
- Four-Part Harmony (Grade 4 only)
- Song Arrangement into Mixed Chorus (Grade 3 only)
- Chord Progression
- Aural Test