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What does ARCT mean? #1192524
05/03/09 12:51 PM
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Hi,

I'm new at piano playing and excited about doing my the RCM exam. Hopefully I can eventually get to the ARCT level. I've searched the internet and can't find any info on it. Can someone please tell me what ARCT stands for, how many pieces are you required to play for this exam? Once I get to this level, does that mean I can basically play anything (even the most difficult Beethoven pieces)?

Thanks.

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Re: What does ARCT mean? [Re: pyanar] #1192551
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Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. It's the highest level the Royal Conservatory gives out.

I personally don't believe it means you can basically play anything. I don't think passing any grade necessarily equates to being able to play anything at that level. I do believe once you get to that level you can probably work anything out, but being able to play something and the effort required will vary amongst people even when you get to that level.

I can play lots of stuff reasonably well at higher grades while I struggle with some stuff at lower grades. It's just a case of what is natural to us (and what we like to practice) and what is less natural. However, anyone that gets to that level has more than enough skills to work most stuff out. How esaily it comes to them is another question entirely.

Check out the RCM Examinations website for more information. Unfortunately, unlike some boards, the RC dislikes having people be able to see their play lists for the grades without buying their books.

However, you can check out the British Columbia Conservatory of Music for some syllabi lists of similar pieces and their grades and pieces align very well with the Royal Conservatory's.

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Thank you so much for replying!

Re: What does ARCT mean? [Re: pyanar] #1193099
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You may want to consider purchasing the RCM syllabus which lists all technical requirement and repetoire for each grade including ARCT. It is available through Frederick Harris music publishers.


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