You may have heard of the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM), the British Columbia Conservatory of Music (BCCM), Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) and many other schools of music.
They are all accredited and professional music training institutions, and have generally equivalent exams. These institutions ensure that students receive a high standard of music education and assessment.
When I began taking piano lessons, my teachers started me in the RCM, which is based out of Toronto, ON, and their curriculum has become the national standard in Canada. I followed their piano syllabus for practical and theoretic exams, and received feedback from examiners and certificate of achievements for completing the grade level. My personal experience with RCM exams is that they pushed me to concentrate and work toward a tangible goal; plus learning an instrument looks great on school/job applications, and completing RCM exams can even give you arts credit in high school!
Specifically for Ontario, students who complete:
Grade 7 practical exam and intermediate rudiments will receive credit for Grade 11
Grade 8 practical exam and advanced rudiments will receive credit for Grade 12
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Another reason to take RCM examinations is that you will receive certificates and diplomas, and those students who receive high marks are eligible for awards and scholarships.
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