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1 To come back to occasionally for pleasure.
2 To use as sight-reading material later.
3 Purely for nostalgic reasons.
I can see tovka's reasoning, but I would not suggest it to my pupils. Dare I say that I still have some of my first piano books from 50 years ago?
It all depends upon space and circumstance though. Sometimes you need to get rid of stuff even if you would prefer not to!
I think you need to be sensible on this one. As teachers, we try to encourage our pupils to expand on repertoire and coming back to exam pieces and even those which were not prepared for examinations is very good for sight reading, repertoire (for higher grades) and even for looking back on when a similar piece of music notation of language appears in a later piece.
Grade exam books try to provide a cross-section of what it takes to play at that level so it is undoubtedly the case that there will be some useful references and skills which may be revisted or transferrable to other pieces. I still have books going back 20 years when I started!
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