Piano Help! What would you do? I need your opinions. I am sitting for my ATCL piano Recital Diploma, but I am taking the new syllabus where 90% is based on recital performance and 10% programme notes. My concern is, I want to take up this diploma not because I want another certificate, but because I want to learn more and be an overall musical performer- which means scales, arpeggios and Sight reading and Aural has to be taken into account. In the Old Syllabus which can overlap till 2009, its marks are based on 60% pieces, 10% program notes, 10% sight reading, 10% aural and 10% scales and arpeggios. Of course the Old Syllabus would be more difficult cos there's much more to learn- besides pieces there are scales and sight reading but wouldn't that make the diploma more valuable? My teacher thinks its better I do the new syllabus because it is the latest and its easier. I think its better that l learn as much as I can- no matter how difficult - and I am not afraid of hard work- I got a distinction for my AB grade 8 and I think its better that I push myself forward to an overall musical development instead of just 3 pieces.After all, I' m paying alot of money ( $100 an hour to be exact) and just to learn 3/4 pieces? What do you think?Would you prefer to take the new syllabus or old syllabus? More simpler or more difficult? Should I take the new syllabus or the old syllabus? And how can I convince my teacher that I would like to do the old syllabus since its much more difficult ?