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Recognizing Achievement - Canada

Recognizing Achievement - Canada

Certificates

Certificates are awarded at every level to all candidates who have successfully completed the requirements for practical and theory examinations. Certificates are mailed in late March, late June and late October to eligible candidates. Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery.

  • Comprehensive Certificates - Requirements
    Comprehensive Certificates Examinations Required
    Preparatory A Piano Preparatory A Piano
    Preparatory B Piano Preparatory B Piano
    Introductory Practical (non-piano) Introductory or Preparatory Practical
    Level 1 Level 1 Practical
    Level 2 Level 2 Practical
    Level 3 Level 3 Practical
    Level 4 Level 4 Practical
    Level 5
    • Level 5 Practical
    • Level 5 Theory or Basic Rudiments
    Level 6
    • Level 6 Practical
    • Level 6 Theory or Intermediate Rudiments
    Level 7
    • Level 7 Practical
    • Level 7 Theory or Advanced Rudiments
    Level 8
    • Level 8 Practical
    • Level 8 Theory or Advanced Rudiments
    Level 9
    • Level 9 Practical
    • Level 8 Theory or Advanced Rudiments
    • Level 9 History or History 1
    • Level 9 Harmony or Basic Harmony or Level 9 Keyboard Harmony or Basic Keyboard Harmony

    Level 10

    • Level 10 Practical
    • Level 8 Theory or Advanced Rudiments
    • Level 9 History or History 1
    • Level 9 Harmony or Basic Harmony or Level 9 Keyboard Harmony or Basic Keyboard Harmony
    • Level 10 History or History 2
    • Level 10 Harmony & Counterpoint or Intermediate Harmony or Level 10 Keyboard Harmony or Intermediate Keyboard Harmony
  • Theory Certificates - Requirements
    Theory Certificate Examinations Required
    Level 5 Theory Level 5 Theory
    Level 6 Theory Level 6 Theory
    Level 7 Theory Level 7 Theory
    Level 8 Theory Level 8 Theory
    Level 9 Theory
    • Level 9 History or History 1
    • Level 9 Harmony or Basic Harmony or Level 9 Keyboard Harmony or Basic Keyboard Harmony
    Level 10 Theory
    • Level 10 History or History 2
    • Level 10 Harmony & Counterpoint or Intermediate Harmony or Level 10 Keyboard Harmony or Intermediate Keyboard Harmony
    ARCT Theory
    • ARCT History or History 3

    Two of the following:

    • ARCT Harmony & Counterpoint or Advanced Harmony or ARCT Keyboard Harmony or Advanced Keyboard Harmony
    • ARCT Analysis or Analysis
    • Counterpoint*
  • Pedagogy Certificates - Requirements
    Piano Pedagogy Certificate Examinations Required
    Elementary Piano Pedagogy Certificate
    • Part 1: Level 9 Comprehensive Certificate
    • Part 2: Elementary Pedagogy Viva Voce
    • Part 3: Elementary Pedagogy Written or Teaching Elementary Piano (online course)
    Intermediate Piano Pedagogy Certificate
    • Prerequisite: Elementary Piano Pedagogy Certificate
    • ​Part 1: Level 10 Comprehensive Certificate
    • Part 2: Intermediate Pedagogy Viva Voce
    • Part 3: Intermediate Pedagogy Written or Teaching Intermediate Piano (online course)
    ARCT in Piano Pedagogy Diploma
    • Prerequisite: Intermediate Piano Pedagogy Certificate
    • Part 1: Piano Practical Examination
    • Part 2: Advanced Piano Pedagogy Viva Voce
    • Part 3: Advanced Piano Pedagogy Written or Teaching Advanced Piano (online course)
    • Theory Requirements:
      • ARCT History or History 3

    Two of the following:

      • ARCT Harmony & Counterpoint or Advanced Harmony or ARCT Keyboard Harmony or Advanced Keyboard Harmony
      • ARCT Analysis or Analysis
      • Counterpoint*

Diplomas

The Associate Diploma (ARCT) and the Licentiate Diploma (LRCM) are the highest academic standings awarded by the RCM Certificate Program.  The ARCT is available for Performance (all instruments), Piano Pedagogy and Teacher (non-piano).  The LRCM is available for Piano Performance only.  

Diplomas are either given at annual Convocation ceremonies or mailed to graduates who are unable to attend.

High School Credits

Royal Conservatory certificates are eligible for secondary school credit in every province in Canada.

RCM Teachers of Distinction

RCM Teachers of Distinction are leaders in the field of music education, recognized for their contributions of creativity, dedication, innovation, and passion. Through their years of teaching experience, they provide mentorship to other teachers and instill a lifelong love of music in their students. RCM Teachers of Distinction are an inspiration to others and are influential in creating a brighter future for music education.

Awards and Prizes for Academic Year ending August 31, 2019

In recognition of the dedication and hard work of those candidates who achieve outstanding results in their examinations, a number of awards and prizes are awarded each academic year by The Royal Conservatory. Examination candidates who meet specific criteria are eligible for awards and prizes, an application is not required. All awards are based on examination results.

  • Regional Gold Medals (Levels Prep to 10)

    Regional Gold Medals are awarded for each academic year (i.e., September 1 to August 31) to candidates in each of the below-listed Canadian provinces/regions in Preparatory to Level 10, plus Elementary and Intermediate Piano Pedagogy, who have obtained the highest mark in each level and in each of the following disciplines: accordion, brass, guitar, harp, organ, percussion, piano, speech arts and drama, strings, voice, and woodwinds.

    To qualify for Regional Gold Medals, candidates must have obtained at least 80 percent in the practical examination, have completed the co-requisite theory examinations for their respective level and their RCM account must be in good standing by August 31.

    The Gold Medal regions for Canada are defined as follows (from West to East): 

    • British Columbia and Yukon
    • Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut
    • Manitoba
    • Saskatchewan
    • Ontario
    • Quebec
    • Atlantic Region: Labrador, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island
  • National Gold Medals (ARCT and LRCM)

    Practical

    National Gold Medals are awarded for each academic year (i.e., September 1 to August 31) to ARCT and LRCM candidates who obtain the highest marks in each of the LRCM (Piano Performance only), Teacher's ARCT (including Piano Pedagogy) and Performer's ARCT for each of the following practical disciplines: accordion, brass, guitar, harp, organ, percussion, piano, speech arts and drama, strings, voice, and woodwinds.

    To qualify for the LRCM National Gold Medal for Piano Performance, candidates must obtain a minimum of 85 percent in the practical examination and their RCM account must be in good standing by August 31.

    To qualify for a Performer's ARCT National Gold Medal, candidates must obtain a minimum of 85 percent in the practical examination and a minimum of 70 percent in each of the co-requisite theory examinations and (where applicable) a minimum of 60 percent in the co-requisite piano examination. Their RCM account must also be in good standing.

    To qualify for a Piano Pedagogy/Teacher's National Gold Medal, candidates must obtain a minimum of 85 percent in the practical examination (Parts 1 and 2 combined), a minimum of 70 percent in the written examination (Part 3), a minimum of 70 percent in each of the co-requisite theory examinations, and (where applicable) a minimum of 60 percent in the co-requisite piano examination. Their RCM account must also be in good standing.

    Theory

    A Gold Medal for Excellence in Theory will be awarded each academic year (September 1 to August 31) to the candidate who has achieved the highest average mark upon the completion of all of the following examinations:

    • Level 9 Harmony, or Level 9 Keyboard Harmony
    • Level 10 Harmony & Counterpoint, or Level 10 Keyboard Harmony
    • ARCT Harmony & Counterpoint, or ARCT Keyboard Harmony
    • Analysis
    • Level 9 History
    • Level 10 History
    • ARCT History

    Candidates will be considered for the Gold Medal for Excellence in Theory in the academic year in which they are eligible to graduate with an ARCT diploma. Candidates must obtain an overall average of at least 80 percent for the eight examinations and their RCM account must be in good standing.

Awards and Prizes (for academic year starting September 1, 2019)

Below are the updated Awards requirements for the RCM Certificate Program effective Academic Year 2019-20 (beginning September 1, 2019 and awarded beginning September 2020). Please note the following:

  • Only exams (practical along with theory co-requisites) taken by June 30, will be eligible for consideration.  Exams taken in person or online after June 30 will be considered for the following Academic Year;
  • The wording for “National Gold Medals” has been updated to “National Diploma Gold Medals” since an additional set of awards has been created;
  • “National Gold Medals” will now be awarded to students in Level 5 and above who have achieved the highest mark in Canada – see below for further details.
  • Awards and Requirements (effective September 1, 2019)
    Awards Requirements*:
    Award Awarded for Eligible RCM Levels Minimum Requirements for Eligibility
    National Diploma Gold Medal The highest mark in the country for each discipline ARCT + LRCM (includes Pedagogy** and Theory/Composition) Practical mark of 90 and completed theory co-requisites
    National Gold Medal The highest mark in the country for each discipline Levels 5 through 10 and Piano Pedagogy (Elementary and Intermediate) Practical mark of 90 and completed theory co-requisites
    Regional Gold Medal The highest mark in the region for each discipline Levels Preparatory through LRCM*** Practical mark of 85 and completed theory co-requisites

    * In addition to the requirements indicated above, a student's RCM account must be in good financial standing by June 30 in order to be eligible for consideration.
    ** Pedagogy includes both Advanced Piano Pedagogy and (non-Piano) Teacher ARCT
    *** includes Elementary and Intermediate Pedagogy levels plus Advanced Pedagogy/Teacher’s ARCT

    Disciplines:
    Accordion/Organ/Harpsichord, Brass, Guitar, Harp, Pedagogy/Teacher, Percussion, Piano, Speech Arts & Drama, Strings, Theory (co-requisite ARCT level only), Voice, Woodwinds

    Regions:

    Region

    Province/Territory

    West

    BC/ Yukon

    MidWest

    AB/NWT/Nunavut

    Saskatchewan

    Saskatchewan

    Manitoba

    Manitoba

    Ontario

    Ontario

    Quebec

    Quebec

    Atlantic

    Nova Scotia, PEI, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, St. Pierre & Miquelon

  • Prizes and Scholarships

    Prizes are awarded by the Academic Office based on the criteria for each prize or scholarship; candidates do not need to apply.

    Florence Aymong Memorial Scholarship

    Awarded to the Gold Medallist in Speech Arts and Drama (Teacher's ARCT only).

    Esme Rose Crichton Memorial Scholarship

    Awarded to the candidate who achieves the highest marks (minimum 80%) for Grade 9, 10. Winners must reside in Saskatchewan.

    Antal Janos Dvorak Scholarship

    Awarded to the candidate who achieves the highest mark (minimum 80%) in Canada in a trombone examination, Grade 9 or higher.

    Flora Matheson Goulden Strings Scholarship

    Awarded to the candidate who achieves the highest mark in Canada in the ARCT Strings examination (Distinction or first class honours).

    Gordon Hallett Scholarship

    Awarded to the candidate who obtains the highest aggregate mark (minimum 80%) in both the written and practical ARCT Piano Teacher's examination.

    Winnifred Mae Jackson Endowment

    Awarded to the five candidates who achieve the highest marks in Grade 7 Piano in Edmonton and surrounding area with the condition that it is awarded to those of the five candidates who continue on to take the Grade 8 Piano examination within a specific period of time.

    Simon and Emma Kruger Memorial Scholarship

    Awarded to the candidate who achieves the highest mark in the Grade 10 Violin examination in Manitoba.

    Annie Larson Scholarship

    Awarded to the candidate who achieves the highest mark in a violin examination, Grade 8 or higher. The winner must be a resident of Saskatchewan.

    Patricia McLean Memorial Scholarship

    Awarded to the candidate who achieves the highest mark in the Grade 8 Piano examination in Canada.

    Adelmo Melecci Scholarship

    Awarded to the candidate who achieves the highest mark in Ontario in the ARCT Piano Teacher's complete practical examination.

    Helen Tough Murray Scholarship

    Awarded to the candidate who achieves the highest mark in the ARCT Piano Performer's examination. The recipient must be a citizen of Canada.

    Doris A. Proud Memorial Scholarship

    Awarded to the candidate who achieves the highest mark in piano (Grades 1 - 10), and has completed the corresponding theory co-requisites (where applicable). The winner must reside in Grande Prairie, Alberta.

    Kathryn Sinclair Prize

    Awarded to the candidate who achieves the highest mark in the History 3 examination in Canada.

    Wayne C. Vance Organ/Keyboard Award

    Awarded to the student residing in Ontario with the highest mark in the highest grade in Organ. If no such candidate exists, the prize goes to the candidate residing in Canada with the highest mark in ARCT Organ. If no such candidate exists, the prize goes to the student in Ontario obtaining the highest mark in ARCT Piano (keyboard).

    Charlotte Anne Walker Scholarship

    Awarded to the candidate who achieves the highest mark (minimum 85%) on the Grade 10 Piano examination, and who has completed the theory co-requisites with an average of at least 75%. The candidate must reside in Elgin County, Ontario.

    Scholarships are subject to change without notice.


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