This page is an ongoing collection of Grade 4 piano tutorials and theory concepts. When I refer to grades, I’m talking about the RCM (Royal Conservatory of Music), not the ABRSM (though there is some overlap).
Whether or not you follow a particular system or school, and whether or not you take exams, I find a Grade level approach to music is a good way to learn step-by-step, instead of randomly. This is how I teach in my studio, regardless of whether my students do exams or not.
Grade 4 Piano Information and Resources
This video is a tour of what to expect at a grade 4 level, both through the RCM and the ABRSM (two major music schools). Whether or not you actually use these schools, this is helpful information for anyone self-studying piano, as it gives you an understanding of benchmarks for this level.
These are my favorite books for this level which I tend to recommend to my students. As with every level, it’s prudent to get 2-3 books that span a variety of genres – this is my minimum expectation. If you’re a music collector or just an enthusiastic learner, feel free to explore more books than these!
In this wordless piano video, I play short clips of some of my favorite pieces at this level. The pieces I play in this video can be found in the books mentioned in the previous video (and all the information is detailed in this blog post).
Grade 4 Technique
This video includes a play-through of all the technique required for this level, through the Royal Conservatory of Music. Even if you aren’t doing exams or taking formal lessons, it’s still a good idea to get a sense of the technical skills required for this level.
An alternative to the video above if you have more of a working relationship with the ABRSM.
Grade 4 is the first year of the RCM where arpeggios are introduced. This video is a primer on how to play arpeggios, a common technical exercise (like scales).
In this video, we explore all of the scales-related questions I’m asked on a regular basis. Questions like “what order should I learn scales in?” and “how much time should I spend practicing scales”?
Grade 4 piano tutorials
Grechaninov is a little-known composer who wrote some great early-intermediate level piano music. This is a lovely Romantic piece which is a good opportunity to practice long note stretches and patterns.