Studies (from 2020)
Studies are an important way to develop technical skills such as stick control, balance between hands and articulation. They also help to develop tone, pulse and dynamic control, familiarity with rudimental patterns and interval awareness. This leads to greater confidence and security when sight-reading, learning new pieces and performing.
For Snare Drum and Timpani exams, candidates prepare two studies at each grade and examiners will request which one is to be played in the exam.