This entire morning, I’ve been seriously contemplating getting my piano performance diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music (yes, it’s Canadian). Because I just have so much time on my hands. Ha.
For piano, the RCM offers 11 practical examinations. Grades 1 through 10, and then a choice of ARCT (Associate of the Royal Conservatory) diploma examination: either as a performer, or a teacher. Both of these last certifications are recognized worldwide. Additionally, starting at the grade 5 level, each practical examination must be supplemented by a series of music theory examinations in order for a passing grade.
I finished my grade 10 piano exam nine years ago. The only thing that has stopped me from doing the ARCT performance diploma is that sneaky music theory prerequisite. For the ARCT, three theory exams need to be written. Music history, analysis, and counterpoint exams need to be written, all within five years of the practical exam. And, because I never had time to study for the written exams, I never ended up finishing the diploma.
I figure it will take me at least two years to get back to the shape that I want to be in. Both physically and stylistically. So as long as I can get back into Canada sometime in the next five to seven years to do the practical and written exams, this goal of mine doesn’t seem too hard to accomplish. Except this whole time-finding business. Grad school is pretty good at stealing time away from me.
Playing and performing used to be my main channel for expression, stress relief, concentration, and just mental exercise in general. And sure, I could find other ways of doing that now. But I was a really good pianist. And it’s always a shame to stop something you’re really good at.[no tags] Tags: music, piano, RCM