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I was planning to take the piano practical exam in August, but I wonder if that will happen. Might get delayed until later in the year.

My teacher doesn’t think the August exam will be back to normal because either things will still be closed or there will be a surge of examinees due to those who postponed from spring. She actually suggested I should consider postponing, especially if I didn’t want to do it online. Which is fine. I will just start on material for the next grade before I do the exam.

I think you are right about that. No big deal. I'll wait till winter, more time to prepare smile


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Originally Posted by WeakLeftHand
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I was planning to take the piano practical exam in August, but I wonder if that will happen. Might get delayed until later in the year.

My teacher doesn’t think the August exam will be back to normal because either things will still be closed or there will be a surge of examinees due to those who postponed from spring. She actually suggested I should consider postponing, especially if I didn’t want to do it online. Which is fine. I will just start on material for the next grade before I do the exam.
Even before COVID-19, I was going to be doing that. I was planning to skip my RCM 5 exam (and just have my teacher informally examine me for RCM 5, including technical tests, sight reading, etc.) and then go take the RCM 6 exam in the winter 2020 or spring 2021, whenever I am ready. My main issue was I think I spent too much time playing my pieces over and over, which is useful every once in a while, but that's why I'm going to take RCM 6. For RCM 5, I'll just be less formal and if my teacher thinks I'm ready to move on, then I'll move on.


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Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop
Even before COVID-19, I was going to be doing that. I was planning to skip my RCM 5 exam (and just have my teacher informally examine me for RCM 5, including technical tests, sight reading, etc.) and then go take the RCM 6 exam in the winter 2020 or spring 2021, whenever I am ready. My main issue was I think I spent too much time playing my pieces over and over, which is useful every once in a while, but that's why I'm going to take RCM 6. For RCM 5, I'll just be less formal and if my teacher thinks I'm ready to move on, then I'll move on.

My teacher also suggested I could skip the grade 1 exam if I wanted to, but I said I would just like to postpone. So she was cool with it and so was I. As adults, we can choose whichever path we want! grin

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This is the response I got today. I thought the below was the case for those in Canada, not the United States, but maybe it has changed. I asked for the clarification. I'll ask my teacher about it too.

However, for level 4 and below, I'm guessing you should still get a certificate? I don't know.

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Thank you for your message. Please note for practical exam Level’s 5-8; students are required to complete the Theory co-requisite of that Level in order to receive the practical certificate – for more information, please see pg 11 of our Theory Syllabus under Intermediate Certificates


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Originally Posted by bSharp(C)yclist
This is the response I got today. I thought the below was the case for those in Canada, not the United States, but maybe it has changed. I asked for the clarification. I'll ask my teacher about it too.

However, for level 4 and below, I'm guessing you should still get a certificate? I don't know.

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Thank you for your message. Please note for practical exam Level’s 5-8; students are required to complete the Theory co-requisite of that Level in order to receive the practical certificate – for more information, please see pg 11 of our Theory Syllabus under Intermediate Certificates

Thanks for the info bSharp. I also thought that was true only of Canada and that in the US you didn’t need the corresponding theory exam.

Which grade’s practical certificate are you awaiting? I thought you were also doing theory exams? So maybe your theory exams haven’t caught up to your practical exams yet?

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I did theory for 5, but not 6. But I got my grade 5 certificate after I took the practical exam, before taking theory.. I then did theory 5 after that, and then received 2 certificates (one for theory and another for practical). So I actually have 2 for the grade 5 practical.

I don't plan to take theory for 6.


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Originally Posted by bSharp(C)yclist
I did theory for 5, but not 6. But I got my grade 5 certificate after I took the practical exam, before taking theory.. I then did theory 5 after that, and then received 2 certificates (one for theory and another for practical). So I actually have 2 for the grade 5 practical.

I don't plan to take theory for 6.

I see. I do hope it was just an oversight and they didn’t change the policy for the US.


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Originally Posted by bSharp(C)yclist
This is the response I got today. I thought the below was the case for those in Canada, not the United States, but maybe it has changed. I asked for the clarification. I'll ask my teacher about it too.

However, for level 4 and below, I'm guessing you should still get a certificate? I don't know.

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Thank you for your message. Please note for practical exam Level’s 5-8; students are required to complete the Theory co-requisite of that Level in order to receive the practical certificate – for more information, please see pg 11 of our Theory Syllabus under Intermediate Certificates
Well, that doesn't explain why I didn't get a certificate for RCM 4. However, I just passed my exam in December, so it's just over 4 months since. Maybe this is just how long it takes.


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Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop
Well, that doesn't explain why I didn't get a certificate for RCM 4. However, I just passed my exam in December, so it's just over 4 months since. Maybe this is just how long it takes.
And merely hours after I posted that, I opened my mailbox, and found a large envelope from RCM with my certificate. So I guess 4.5-5 months is just how long this takes.


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Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop
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Well, that doesn't explain why I didn't get a certificate for RCM 4. However, I just passed my exam in December, so it's just over 4 months since. Maybe this is just how long it takes.
And merely hours after I posted that, I opened my mailbox, and found a large envelope from RCM with my certificate. So I guess 4.5-5 months is just how long this takes.

Congratulations on receiving the certificate, Tyrone!

I’m anxiously awaiting mine. Something about a first exam certificate is so exciting.


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Glad you got your certificate, Tyrone! Congratulations. I like certificates, ribbons, medals, titles...all those items that signal accomplishment.


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This was RCM's response to my email.

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Yes, candidates in the United States receive a participation certificate for taking practical exams up until Level 10 regardless of whether they have taken the theory co-requisite or not.

All certificates which were scheduled to be sent out in March 2020 have been delayed due to our offices being closed because of the COVID quarantine. All certificate deliveries are for exams taken after September 2019 are expected to arrive by the end of June 2020.

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide any certificate services at the moment due to out offices being closed because of the COVID quarantine. All certificate deliveries are temporarily suspended until we are able to return to the Royal Conservatory buildings. Once we have returned, we will reach out to all candidates whose certificates have been returned to us as undeliverable.


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Originally Posted by bSharp(C)yclist
This was RCM's response to my email.

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Yes, candidates in the United States receive a participation certificate for taking practical exams up until Level 10 regardless of whether they have taken the theory co-requisite or not.

All certificates which were scheduled to be sent out in March 2020 have been delayed due to our offices being closed because of the COVID quarantine. All certificate deliveries are for exams taken after September 2019 are expected to arrive by the end of June 2020.

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide any certificate services at the moment due to out offices being closed because of the COVID quarantine. All certificate deliveries are temporarily suspended until we are able to return to the Royal Conservatory buildings. Once we have returned, we will reach out to all candidates whose certificates have been returned to us as undeliverable.

So, that doesn’t really answer why you haven’t received yours yet, does it? Maybe yours was lost in the mail.

It does answer for me that I shouldn’t be concerned until end of June. And thanks for posting this info.


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So, that doesn’t really answer why you haven’t received yours yet, does it? Maybe yours was lost in the mail.

It does answer for me that I shouldn’t be concerned until end of June. And thanks for posting this info.


Probably because I moved last year, and we'll move again once the Covid thing is over. No big deal. I'll get one after taking 7 smile


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Originally Posted by bSharp(C)yclist
Probably because I moved last year, and we'll move again once the Covid thing is over. No big deal. I'll get one after taking 7 smile


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As I said, I just got mine on Saturday. So either the post took 4 weeks to deliver it to Washington DC from Toronto, or it was mailed when their office was closed. Very curious.


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I've been asked to reschedule my RCM1 to a video call. I think I'm ready on the pieces, but I want to make sure that I'm ready for the sightreading, clapback, major/minor third recognition, etc. Does anyone have somewhere they can point me to work on the non-piece related requirements? Any sort of training exercises or videos would be great.


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Do you have the sight reading/ear training book for RCM1? If so, you then have access to the online tools for ear training, clap back, etc. It sounds like sight reading will be given to you ahead of time, so it's possible you may be able to review it before having to play it.


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It sounds like sight reading will be given to you ahead of time, so it's possible you may be able to review it before having to play it.
Well, that's what everyone will likely do 😂 but I doubt that is what they intend by send the sightreading out in advance. I'd bet that it is sent out in advance so you have time to get it printed out in time for the exam. grin I bet they are expecting you not to look at the sightreading until the examiner tells you to do so wink wink wink


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They can probably send you that during the video call or share a screen with you so you can see it . That would make more sense (at least that's what I would do if I was the examiner).


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