Grade 1 Sight Reading

  • Possible Keys: C major (no sharps/flats), G major and E minor (F sharp), F major and D minor (B flat), D major (F sharp and C sharp)
  • Possible Time Signatures: 4/4, 3/4, 2/4
  • Note range: Anything in the first position. There may be accidentals (sharps and flats) written in the score.

  • Rhythms: All simple rhythms, using semi breves, dotted minims, minims, crotchets and quavers.

  • Dynamics and Articulation: Forte (Louds), Piano (Quiets), Crechendos, Diminuendos
  • Style or Speed: Common Italian terms, Andante (walking pace) Allegro (lively) Moderato (brisk) or descriptive terms such as Sadly, Gently.

Useful pieces to prepare for grade one sight reading: