When preparing for PCS Piano Examinations, always use the students technical skills as your barometer. Any student able to play 1 octave scales, along with their cadences, tonic chords and arpeggios, would be classified as Level 1. Their repertoire might be more advanced, but this is where they should be placed.
The Preparatory Level is for the very first year of study. Students as young as four years old, but not to exclude those older beginners as young as 94, will benefit from all the material at this level. During this period of study, students will learn they way around the piano/keyboard, understanding all their major 5-finger scale patterns, playing in both the treble and bass clef and sight-reading within the staff. If a student is preparing for the PCS Piano Proficiency Examination (PCSPPE), they would want to be comfortable with all the material in The Piano Lesson Companion Book–Preparatory Level, along with repertoire from Primer Level method series or any selections marked Early Elementary. No pre-reading material is accepted during testing.
Next post will talk about Level 1. Thanks for dropping in!
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