Think you're an intermediate piano player? Here's how you know

Been playing piano for a few years and wondering if can call yourself an intermediate player? Here is a checklist that all intermediate piano players should be able to fulfil.


Can't quite check off everything on this list? Then you need more work before you can call yourself an intermediate piano player.


Technique

Scales- all major on keys (and their relative minors), 3 octave hands together, played evenly and clearly, at 80bpm with a metronome.

Triads- all inversions and solid, hands together in all keys.

Arpeggios- all major on keys (and their relative minors), 3 octave hands together, played evenly and clearly, at 70bpm with a metronome.

Minors- understand the difference between natural, melodic and harmonic minors. Be able to play the scales for each of these. Be able to identify by ear these minors, and if it is major or minor.

Chords- understand and play following for all keys: major, minor, dominant, diminished 7th.

Chord progression- able to play the 1-5-6-4 progression with inversions in C, D, F, G, A major keys and diatonic keys.


Music Theory

Scales- understand they consist of semitones and tones, and the sequence for major vs minor.

Note values- identify, explain and clap rhythm for all note values and associated rests.

Time signature- understand and able to identify the location of beats for simple and complex.


Sight-reading

Able to play accurately, the majority of unseen repertoire that is 3 grades below current performance ability. (e.g. Grade 6 can play Grade 3)


Repertoire

Have 10 pieces at or very close to performance level. Have at least 30 pieces that need a moderate polishing to bring to performance level.


Musicality

Play with expression based on performance directions, dynamics, articulation, stage presence.