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Hello fellow beginners,
can you tell the RCM grade from which one is considered leaving the beginner level?
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I think grade 4 or 5 would typically be considered the start of intermediate.

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For RCM, Prep A through 4 is elementary, 5-8 is intermediate, and 9 & 10 are advanced.


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Originally Posted by ebonyk
For RCM, Prep A through 4 is elementary, 5-8 is intermediate, and 9 & 10 are advanced.

This.

Having said that, I've heard some online teachers refer to 3 and 4 as "early intermediate" and that certainly maps to my experience - I found a significant jump between levels 1-2 and 3-4.


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I also felt the jump between RCM 2 and 3.


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Originally Posted by ebonyk
For RCM, Prep A through 4 is elementary, 5-8 is intermediate, and 9 & 10 are advanced.

This is how two RCM teachers described it to me, although 1 used newbie for Prep A and B.

1,2 = Early Beginner
3,4 = Late Beginner,
5,6 = Early Intermediate
7,8 = Late Intermediate
9,10 = Early Advanced
10+ = Whatever you want to call it.

Looking back, I would say the pieces within a tuple are similar, and you feel a "jump" moving from one tuple to the next.


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Thanks all for sharing the info!
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Originally Posted by TheophilusCarter
I found a significant jump between levels 1-2 and 3-4.

This is very interesting, because up to grade 2 I always felt that I could play the pieces that I was given, and in grade 3 with many new pieces I struggle with thoughts that they are too difficult for me. So far, luckily enough, I can play them, but yes, I can feel the jump.


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Originally Posted by TheophilusCarter
I found a significant jump between levels 1-2 and 3-4.

This is very interesting, because up to grade 2 I always felt that I could play the pieces that I was given, and in grade 3 with many new pieces I struggle with thoughts that they are too difficult for me. So far, luckily enough, I can play them, but yes, I can feel the jump.

Yes indeed. I think calling levels 3-4 "beginner" is just plain wrong, and even "elementary" is a bit of a stretch. There's some serious music in there! smile


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Originally Posted by Animisha
Originally Posted by TheophilusCarter
I found a significant jump between levels 1-2 and 3-4.

This is very interesting, because up to grade 2 I always felt that I could play the pieces that I was given, and in grade 3 with many new pieces I struggle with thoughts that they are too difficult for me. So far, luckily enough, I can play them, but yes, I can feel the jump.


Yes, you can feel the jump— but please recognize that since you can play them (and well, I might add), you are not just ‘being lucky’ but are capable of handling Grade 3. With every new piece you learn, you will develop more confidence in your ability.


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Originally Posted by dogperson
you can play them (and well, I might add)

Thank you so much dogperson! heart It means a lot.


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