Download the piano TRACKS curriculum here (pdf, opens in new window)

The piano TRACKS curriculum has been developed as a stand-alone tool to support your students’ learning and development. It can also be used in conjunction with the more traditional graded exam route.

The curriculum has 8 progressive stages (A-H) from beginner to approximately grade 5 standard. This stages allow students to build up knowledge and skills over time. Your student doesn’t need to complete one stage before going on to the next, and it is quite probably that a single student may span several stages at once. 

Crossing the stages are the skills and knowledge Modules (numbered 1-15). These are the individual aspects of piano technique and musical knowledge. For example, Module 1 covers notes (e.g. letter names) and the stave (e.g. clefs).

Units are created where the Stages and Modules intersect, and they are identified by an alphanumeric code. For example Unit A1 is Stage A, Module 1 – notes and the stave for very beginners. Not all of the Stages have every Unit in so you will find some of the checklists do not run in numerical order.

The Elements are the specific items of learning within each Unit, as identified on our checklists. You (or your students) may wish to add or remove extra items here to fit with your priorities as a music education professional.

This set up will help piano teachers to identify discrete areas of knowledge or skill that their students need to work on. Elsewhere on this website you can find material to help you teach those specific concepts.

Version 2 of this curriculum (download above) was published in May 2018.