A question prompted by having an adult pupil at about Grade 3 who quite likes working at scales:
The ABRSM syllabus only has 4-octave scales at Grade 6 and above. At lower grades fewer octaves are required. I appreciate that for some people scales are a nasty chore to be done only under duress, so they wouldn't dream of going beyond the requirements for the level at which they play.
However, I view scales as a hugely beneficial aid to improving technique. Also, once a scale is known, it doesn't seem very difficult to me to extend it from, say, 2 octaves to 4 octaves - and in doing so you give the pupil twice the amount of technique practice.
Wouldn't this be rather a good idea then, especially for an adult with a good level of concentration and interest?
Does anyone else set piano scales for their pupils that are more octaves than is required for their level? If you wouldn't consider doing this, why wouldn't you? (I fully understand why you wouldn't if achieving the required scales at the level is quite enough of a challenge for a pupil already - I'm interested for pupils who are fairly capable at scales.)
Thanks for your thoughts in advance.