Assessment is an integral part of music development. Students at The Royal Conservatory School (RCS) can access a variety of assessment opportunities.
RCS is founded on the belief that assessment in music education is of great benefit to all learners. Objective evaluation and feedback strengthens students’ motivation to achieve their goals, and consistent developmental feedback improves and refines their abilities.
A Royal Conservatory Examination is one form of assessment, and students are also invited to obtain feedback through Simulated Exams and Performance Evaluations.
Talk with your teacher to determine what forms of assessment are appropriate for your skill level. It is important to discuss options with your teacher before registering for any assessments. Check back regularly to find out when assessments are scheduled and to register.
Royal Conservatory Examinations
Learn more about completing examinations through the Royal Conservatory Certificate Program.
A Simulated Exam is like a dress-rehearsal for your scheduled Royal Conservatory Examination. A Royal Conservatory examiner will lead you through the steps of a regular exam and you will be provided with a letter grade and informal critique. The experience of performing under pressure and the feedback you receive will help you further refine your performance and technique with your teacher in preparation for your real Royal Conservatory Examination.
Students may register for one Simulated Examination each year, and this cost is included for students in our Music Enrichment Program.
Performance evaluations are available for solo, duo or collaborative performances. If you have a piece you have been working on - be it classical, jazz or contemporary - a performance evaluation enables you to receive feedback and critique on your playing and technique from one of the faculty members. Performance Evaluations also give you the opportunity to work on a piece with a partner or small ensemble and receive feedback on your collective performance. All participants will receive a letter grade and informal critique. Those receiving an A+ will be honoured in future recital programs.
Students may register for one Performance Evaluation each year, at no additional cost.