Grace period for syllabi

The RIAM Local Centre Senior Examiners are delighted to announce a grace period effective from 2018.

This means that the 2018 Piano Albums will be accepted in the first exam session only in 2019. The grace period will apply to the piano albums each year.

Please note, the 2015–2018 syllabus for all other instruments has been extended for the duration of 2019 (this does not include the piano). The new syllabus will be released throughout 2019 and both the 2015–2018 and the 2019–2022 syllabi will be accepted. We hope that this change will benefit students and teachers by providing more flexibility.



What is the RIAM grace period?

The current syllabus will be available for an extra exam session (Piano) and for all 2019 sessions (all other instruments and singing).

Does it apply to all grades?


What does this mean for piano exams?

The junior piano albums (Elementary to Grade V) change each calendar year. The grace period means that the 2018 piano album, for example, can be used for the first session in 2019. The senior piano albums follow the duration of the overall syllabus (2015-2018) and can be used in the first exam session in 2019.

Can I use the 2019 piano album in 2018?

No. 2018 can be carried over to 2019 but 2019 cannot be brought forward to 2018.

Can I combine pieces from the 2018 and 2019 piano albums during the grace period session?

No, you must only work from one syllabus.

If I am using the 2018 book, what fee do I pay?

You must pay the fee that is appropriate to the year in which you are taking the exam, i.e. if you use the Grade V 2018 book in February 2019, you must pay the 2019 fee.