Children who reach 8th grade have often been playing the piano for around 10 years. Some adults and older teens can do 8th grade piano in 3 years if they really want to, but they will miss some of the technical basics.
Cello is one of the most difficult instruments to learn because it requires some dedication. This is not an instrument that will give you instant gratification like percussion. You can teach yourself the cello, but it takes a lot of practice and a lot of time.
Children starting at age 7 or 8 would expect to complete one grade per year. But an adult who is already reading music and willing to practice a lot, and with tuition from a good teacher, might make it 5-6 years.
If an 8th grade student works 3-4 hours a day, 6 days a week for 50 weeks; that’s 900-1200 hours for 8th grade only. But are these numbers realistic? Sounds suspiciously high to me.
Flute- Around 8 years to be ready to do 8th grade but then buckled and didn’t do it for another 3 years (when my teacher did me!) Cornet- Played/Teached I was on and off for about 10 years and ended up in 7th grade. I’ve just started learning the clarinet and am hoping to reach at least 5th grade next spring/summer.
Remember: Grade 8 is equivalent to a high school diploma. Those who received their professional training at a music college at the postgraduate level have a Master of Music in Solo Piano Performance.
ABRSM Grade 8 is very difficult, especially the scales. Amateur adults should play scales in the keys of the music they play. How many pieces are in the key of G sharp minor? Even when we perform, we don’t usually do our best.
I have been playing the violin for 14/15 years and have completed grades 1-7. Grades 1, 2, and 3 passed fairly quickly, with only a few months between for grades 1 and 2, but there was a 2-year gap between grades 5 and 6, because of the theory of Grade 5, then 1 year for 6th grade and another for 7th grade.
Many students wonder which instrument is more difficult: the violin or the cello? People who have tried both cello and violin tend to say that the cello is less difficult because of its more natural position. The position of the violin can feel awkward at first, but advanced violinists insist it will become natural over time.
Cello is more difficult than guitar and you can’t realistically expect to teach yourself anything. Guitar is much easier so you can learn it without lessons just by watching YouTube videos and playing around. If you can afford tuition, I would recommend going with whichever instrument you prefer.
One year. You can expect to reach beginner level after about a year. This would roughly correspond to level 1 or 2 (ABRSM). Expect to play very simple pieces and have a reasonable understanding of learning from sheet music, playing basic one octave scales, etc.
The Examination Boards require that you pass the Class 5 theory test before being admitted to the advanced practical exams of Classes 6, 7 and 8. No matter what instrument you learn, including singers, you need to know music theory to play and understand music well.
Yes, Class 5 theory is difficult for many, but it has so many benefits for those looking to advance beyond Class 5 levels that it really shouldn’t be ignored. Music theory is basically learning how to write down music or “studying how music works”.
Typically, students would complete about one grade each year in school (so about 8 years in total to reach 8th grade), but this varies greatly depending on the student’s musical aptitude.
Learning the piano means learning a skill, and skills need to be trained over time. While you may be able to learn the theory and technique required to play the piano, learning to play the piano in one year from scratch to 8th grade is almost impossible ( unless you practice 12 hours a day).
Also, it is possible to skip the practical piano grades 1-4 without repercussions; however, according to ABRSM guidelines, the 5th grade theory test cannot be skipped under any circumstances as it is a prerequisite for practical grades 6, 7 and 8.
How long does it take to learn music theory? If you want to master music theory, plan on learning and applying it for about four years: Six to 12 months for the basics (e.g. pitch, scales, keys, consonance and dissonance); Three to four years for advanced concepts.