THE YAMAHA GRADE EXAM - Measuring Student Progress

Music standards and motivation for achieving goals

The Grade Examination System broadly targets two groups: students and teachers. Student grades are used as an objective assessment of the progress being made in learning music, while the teacher grades certify the performance ability as well as overall musical knowledge needed to provide music instruction.

The Yamaha Grade Examination System offers Performance Grades for Piano, Electone, Classical Guitar and Drums, and Fundamentals Grade.

They are classified into 2 categories:
Student Grades (10 - 6) and
Teacher Grades (5 - 3)

Yamaha also provides Student Grades for keyboard beginners (13 - 11) and Fundamental Skills Survey for Junior Music Course students.

The system is designed to examine performance abilities and general music knowledge, both of which are necessary for enjoying music, teaching music fundamentals and playing professionally.

The result of the examinations will help students acquire a rich musical experience and ability level, including piano repertoire, accompaniment, sight playing, hearing (play by ear) and improvisation.

Examination Content

·         Repertoire

·         Improvisation

·         Sightplaying

·         Hearing (Grades 9-6 only)


Young Musicians Course (US)

·         Grade 13-11 Syllabus

·         Compulsory Piece List

Junior Music Course, Junior Extension Course, Junior Special Advanced Course, Junior Advanced Course, Junior Ensemble Course

·         Fundamental Skill Survey (end of year 2 JMC)

·         Grade 9 Syllabus

·         Grade 8 Syllabus

·         Grade 7 Syllabus

·         Grade 6 Syllabus


·         Fundamentals Grade 

·         Piano Performance Grade


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 School provide excellent preparation for the Yamaha Student Grade Examination. For teachers, the Yamaha Corporation of America Music Education Division conducts preparatory workshops throughout the year.

Preparatory materials include: repertoire collections, workbooks for improvisation and sightplaying, collections of past exams, cd's, and a video with study guides for Piano Grade 5. 

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.

Our teachers will do their best effort to teach and prepare students for the grade exams by Yamaha Music Education System, it's the student's fully responsibility to have enough practice time at home and musical understanding to pass the grade exams.

About the Yamaha Grade Examination

Available to the general public, Yamaha tests students, teachers and professionals in a broad range of musical skills with the Yamaha Grade Examination System. 

Since its debut, this innovative method of evaluating musical ability has inspired excellence in students and teachers in 27 countries. Since 1980 over 400,000 candidates, ranging from beginner to professional, have taken the Yamaha Grade Examination at authorized locations around the world.

Yamaha originally established in 1967 to improve and standardize music instruction by requiring teachers to achieve certain levels of musical knowledge, proficiency and teaching skills.