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The Benefits of Examinations

The Benefits of Examinations

For over 125 years, The Royal Conservatory has provided an internationally renowned standard of music achievement through an effectively sequenced course of study from beginner to advanced levels. The program inspires excellence through individual student assessments at each level, and allows students to celebrate their accomplishments and track their progress with others across the country and around the world.

  • Formal assessment plays an extremely important part in the learning process, and Royal Conservatory examinations provide a national standard for students, parents and teachers to measure progress and achievements, both individually and with peers, which encourages the continued pursuit of excellence.

  • As with many of life's pursuits, students are likely to put more effort into learning new material or honing new skills when they know that they are going to be tested. Each level of The Royal Conservatory Certificate Program is a logical assessment point for students in the development of their musicianship skills. Students can earn a Certificate of Achievement at each level.

  • Preparing for a Royal Conservatory examination provides students with an established goal to work towards. Students who participate in Royal Conservatory examinations tend to become more dedicated to their instrument and practice more often.

  • Royal Conservatory examinations provide the highest quality third-party assessment, which includes detailed feedback and constructive comments from the Examiner. The rigorous standards to which the Examiners are upheld ensure the same quality of assessment for all students regardless of location. This feedback can be very valuable to help further develop the student's skills in future lessons.

  • Preparing for and successfully completing an examination to earn a Royal Conservatory of Music Certificate builds self-confidence and helps students develop a sense of pride.

  • Royal Conservatory examinations are recognized for high school credit in many school systems across the United States. Achievement in the Certificate Program of The Royal Conservatory examinations is also recognized by professional music programs at many universities and colleges across North America. Many students rely on programs prepared for Royal Conservatory examinations when preparing audition repertoire. Currently, decisions on awarding credits are made by individual boards and schools. Contact your school's guidance counselor or academic adviser for specific details, and you may find an Official Transcript Request form helpful in the process.

  • Regardless of a student's chosen career path, achievement in Royal Conservatory examinations is an impressive addition to any résumé. In addition to demonstrating an individual's musical accomplishments, achievement in Royal Conservatory examinations is indicative of their creativity, a willingness to learn, an ability to set both short- and long-term goals, and a commitment to achieving difficult tasks.

  • The Benefits of Examinations

    • Provide a national standard for students to track their progress

    • Encourage goal setting

    • Promote well-rounded musical training

  • What to Expect at an Examination

    • An objective assessment of the student's skill for that level

    • A friendly yet professional atmosphere

    • Personalized feedback and marks

    • Results available online

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