Preparing for Assessment

Program Resources

Syllabi  |  Piano  |  Academic (Theory)  |  Ear Training and Sight Reading  |  Flute  |  Voice  |  Violin  |  Guitar

Syllabi

Assessment Support Material

Piano                                       

Celebration Series®, 2015 Edition serves as the official resource for piano assessments of The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program and is a comprehensive series of graded repertoire and etudes for piano. This outstanding collection of music from the Baroque era to the present day provides thoroughly engaging teaching and learning materials. 

Each book includes high-quality recordings, easily accessibe online, to inspire students and teachers.

The Celebration Series®, 2015 Edition includes:

  • Twelve Piano Repertoire books (Preparatory A to Level 10) that provide a representative collection of pieces from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and contemporary style periods
  • Ten Piano Etudes books (Levels 1 to 10) that are designed to gradually master a variety of technical challenges

Try it now! The Celebration Series®, 2015 Edition sampler provides an overview of the repertoire and etudes in the new series. 

Technical Requirements for Piano, 2015 Edition support the new Piano Syllabus, 2015 Edition. New content includes practice tips, progress charts, and previews of the next level.

Order the Celebration Series®, 2015 Edition books through our online bookstore

Please refer to this document for a detailed look at the cross-over plan to facilitate the transition to the Piano Syllabus, 2015 Edition.

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Academic (Theory)

Practice Academic (Theory) Assessments

Available for Rudiments, Harmony, History, Counterpoint, Analysis, ARCT Piano Teacher's Written, and Piano Pedagogy Written assessments.

Submit a practice paper from the The Royal Conservatory Official Examination Papers, 2014 Edition for assessment in preparation for your actual assessments.

Receive the Practice Academic Assessment, marked by a Royal Conservatory Adjudicator, in time to review the feedback in advance of your assessments.

Please note: Practice papers submitted for assessment MUST be taken from the The Royal Conservatory Official Examination Papers, 2014 Edition. Papers from previous editions of the Official Assessments Papers cannot be accepted for assessment. Assessments do not necessarily reflect your potential performance on an academic assessments under normal assessments conditions. The comments and marks should only be used as tools for review and improvement.

Students will receive the assessed paper back through the mail 2 – 3 weeks after the date of the submission. 

Practice Academic Assessment requests may be submitted at anytime during the year. However, if you have registered for an assessments, and wish to receive timely feedback, then your Practice Academic Assessment request must be received by The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program no later than the deadlines for submission indicated below:

Nov/Dec Deadline:  October 14, 2015
May/Jun Deadline:  February 16, 2016

Requests for Practice Academic Assessments received after the respective deadline cannot be guaranteed to be returned to you in time for the relevant assessments session.

To submit a practice assessment:

  • Complete any practice academic paper from The Royal Conservatory Official Examination Papers, 2014 Edition.
  • Download and fill out the Practice Academic Assessment Submission Form.
  • Mail the completed practice paper and Practice Academic Assessment Submission Form with the requisite fee of $65 to:

Practice Academic Assessments
The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program:
60 Industrial Parkway, Suite 882
Cheektowaga, NY  14227-2713

Download a free copy of the Preparatory Rudiments Official Assessment Papers

View the Academic Assessment marking key.

Order more Practice Academic Assessment Papers through our online bookstore.

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Ear Training and Sight Reading

Four Star® Sight Reading and Ear Tests consist of eleven progressive books that help develop comprehensive reading ability and musical understanding. Interactive online ear-training activities offer students the opportunity to practice independently. This oustanding series offers an effective way to prepare students for the requirements of The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program assessments.

Comprehensive Ear Training by Carol Schlosar is a graded series that supports students as they develop their aural skills and prepares them effectively for the aural skills components of the Music Development Program.

Order Four Star Sight Reading and Ear Tests and Comprehensive Ear Training books through our online bookstore.

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Flute

Overtones™: A Comprehensive Flute Series                                  

Overtones: A Comprehensive Flute Series serves as the official resource for flute assessments of The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program. Featuring an outstanding selection of flute literature and supporting materials, this series offers a truly enriched learning experience to help ensure student success. The series also offers a source of literature that is convenient and all in one place, selected and edited to the highest pedagogical standards.

This progressive collection includes fundamental repertoire and supporting materials such as etudes, compact discs, orchestral excerpts, and technique. The richness of music carefully selected for this compilation will resonate with teachers and students at every level of study. This series includes nine Flute Repertoire books (Preparatory through Level 8), two Flute Etudes books (Preparatory through Level 4, and Level 5 through 8), one Orchestral Excerpts book, and one Flute Technique book.

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Voice

Resonance™: A Comprehensive Voice Series                             

Resonance™: A Comprehensive Voice Series serves as the official resource for voice assessments of The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program. Featuring an outstanding selection of voice literature and supporting materials, this series offers a truly enriched learning experience to help ensure student success. The series also offers a source of literature that is convenient and all in one place, selected and edited to the highest pedagogical standards.

This collection encompasses a rich and varied selection of repertoire, vocalises, and recitatives that students of all ages and voice types will find appropriate to their musical interests and level of technical ability. Musical theater and popular styles are represented in Levels 1 through 8 of the repertoire books. This series includes nine Voice Repertoire books (Preparatory through Level 8) and four Vocalises and Recitatives books (Levels 5 to 7, 8, 9 and 10 High Voice and 9 and10 Low Voice).

Order Resonance™: A Comprehensive Voice Series books through our online bookstore.

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Violin

Violin Series, 2013 Edition

The Violin Series, 2013 Edition serves as the official resource for violin assessments of The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program. This comprehensive series for violin includes a sound and progressive collection of Repertoire, Compact Discs, Technique and Etudes, and Orchestral Excerpts for the aspiring virtuoso. Carefully selected and edited to support teachers and students in their artistic and technical development, the pieces in this series provide an engaging compilation of music from all major style periods.

The Violin Series, 2013 Edition includes nine Violin Repertoire books (Preparatory through Level 8), two Violin Technique and Etudes books (Preparatory through Level 4 and Level 5 through Level 8), and one Violin Orchestral Excerpts book.

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Guitar

Bridges®: A Comprehensive Guitar Series                                  

Bridges®: A Comprehensive Guitar Series serves as the official resource for guitar assessments of tThe Royal Conservatory Music Development Program. Featuring an outstanding selection of guitar literature and supporting materials, this series offers a truly enriched learning experience to help ensure student success. The series also offers a source of literature that is convenient and all in one place, selected and edited to the highest pedagogical standards.

Innovative in its structure, Bridges® supports students from the beginner to advanced levels with carefully sequenced repertoire, etudes, and technique. Each of the repertoire and études books in the series spans all major style periods and a variety of genres, presenting an organized compilation of pieces appropriate for that level of technical development. This series includes nine Repertoire and Etudes books (Preparatory through Level 8) and one Guitar Technique book.

Order Bridges®: A Comprehensive Guitar Series books through our online bookstore.

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Online Bookstore

All of the publications listed above, and more, can be purchased directly at our online bookstore.