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Practical Examination Day Checklist (Piano)

Before you Leave Home

  • Plan to arrive 15 minutes early
  • Complete your Examination Program Form.
  • Bring original copies of all the music being performed in the examination.
  • Mark the pieces being performed with a paper clip or a “sticky note.”
  • Wear proper shoes (pedaling, for example, can be difficult with some types of shoes).

Points to Remember

  • Electronic devices, books, notes, bags, and coats must be left in the area designated by the presiding officer.
  • Photo ID may be requested before students are admitted to the examination room.
  • Warm-up rooms are not provided for piano candidates.
  • Parents, other family members, friends, and teachers must wait in the designated waiting area.
  • Standing and listening outside the examination room door is prohibited.
  • Recording devices are strictly prohibited in the examination room.
  • Photocopied music is prohibited (unless authorized by the publisher).
  • The performance of repertoire may be interrupted by the examiner once an assessment has been reached. An interrupted performance does not indicate a poor performance.

What to Expect from an Examination

  • A friendly yet professional atmosphere.
  • The undivided attention of an examiner.
  • An objective assessment of your performance of repertoire or etudes, orchestral excerpts, technique, ear tests, and sight reading.
  • The examiner’s written evaluation online within six weeks of the examination.

After the Examination

  • Access your practical examination marks and examiner comments through your online account at rcmusic.ca. Examiner comments are provided as downloadable PDF documents.

 

Practical Examination Day Checklist (Non-piano)

Before you Leave Home

  • Plan to arrive 15 minutes early.
  • Complete and bring your Examination Program Form.
  • Bring original copies of all the music being performed in the examination.
  • Mark the pieces being performed with a paper clip or a “sticky note.”
  • Bring a music stand, as we cannot guarantee that one will be available for you at the examination centre.

Points to Remember

  • Electronic devices, books, notes, bags, and coats must be left in the area designated by the -residing officer.
  • Photo ID may be requested before candidates are admitted to the examination room.
  • A warm-up room is not guaranteed.
  • Parents, other family members, friends, and teachers must wait in the designated waiting area.
  • Standing and listening outside the examination room door is prohibited.
  • Recording devices are strictly prohibited in the examination room.
  • Photocopied music is prohibited (unless authorized by the publisher).
  • The performance of repertoire may be interrupted by the examiner once an assessment has been reached. An interrupted performance does not indicate a poor performance.

What to Expect from an Examination

  • A friendly yet professional atmosphere.
  • The undivided attention of an examiner.
  • An objective assessment of your performance of repertoire, etudes, technique, ear training, sight reading, orchestral excerpts (as required), and for voice, vocalises and recitatives.
  • The examiner’s written evaluation online within six weeks of the examination.

After the Examination

  • Access your practical examination marks and examiner comments through your online account at rcmusic.ca. Examiner comments are provided as downloadable PDF documents.
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