grade 10/ARCT problems

including splitting exams, materials needed

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  • joy

    joy bc

    Also, gr.10 piano students have the option to choose playing exams technical requirements and repertoire together in one exam, or at different exam times. It is quite demanding for young harp students to memorize all 6-7 pieces plus worrying about ALL other requirements (technical, listening, studies/excerpts and sight reading). I feel HARP is also the instrument that can have this privilege!

    Also, gr.10 piano students have the option to choose playing exams technical requirements and repertoire together in one exam, or at different exam times. It is quite demanding for young harp students to memorize all 6-7 pieces plus worrying about ALL other requirements (technical, listening, studies/excerpts and sight reading). I feel HARP is also the instrument that can have this privilege!

  • elizabeth

    elizabeth bc

    Yes, I totally agree. I phoned in a question about a problem with the ARCT requirements about a month ago, and they said they’d get back to me. Today, I called again, and they had my question on file, but no answer yet! (The problem: they ask for an orchestra excerpt which is impossible to buy, and which is not in any excerpt books.) It would be great if they could compile and publish a book of the required studies and excerpts, etc., so that the kids don’t have to purchase hundreds of dollars’ worth of music in order to get one piece from each one. They do it for piano, don’t they?

    Yes, I totally agree.
    I phoned in a question about a problem with the ARCT requirements about a month ago, and they said they’d get back to me. Today, I called again, and they had my question on file, but no answer yet!
    (The problem: they ask for an orchestra excerpt which is impossible to buy, and which is not in any excerpt books.)
    It would be great if they could compile and publish a book of the required studies and excerpts, etc., so that the kids don’t have to purchase hundreds of dollars’ worth of music in order to get one piece from each one. They do it for piano, don’t they?

  • Elizabeth Volpé Bligh

    Elizabeth Volpé Bligh Vancouver

    The RCM did get back to me with the answer that the ARCT student should learn the excerpts from the excerpt book, instead of the Syllabus requirements. This meant she had to learn new material. I hope that the next Syllabus will be careful to choose orchestra excerpts that are easily obtainable, and accurate. The problem with excerpt books is the number of mistakes. It would be excellent if the RCM would publish the excerpts in one booklet, and make sure they were thoroughly proof-read by experienced orchestra harpists. We had real problems getting the original sheet music for several pieces. My students are finished their exams and had to borrow some of my music because theirs has still not arrived, two months after we ordered it! However, here is what the RCM Candidate Services wrote: "Since the piece is in the public domain, a copyright disclaimer from the IMSLP website would need to be provided along with the printout of the music and that would be acceptable. For additional information, our Copyright and Photocopying policy can be found on page 18 of the Harp Syllabus, 2009 Edition."

    The RCM did get back to me with the answer that the ARCT student should learn the excerpts from the excerpt book, instead of the Syllabus requirements. This meant she had to learn new material.
    I hope that the next Syllabus will be careful to choose orchestra excerpts that are easily obtainable, and accurate. The problem with excerpt books is the number of mistakes. It would be excellent if the RCM would publish the excerpts in one booklet, and make sure they were thoroughly proof-read by experienced orchestra harpists.
    We had real problems getting the original sheet music for several pieces. My students are finished their exams and had to borrow some of my music because theirs has still not arrived, two months after we ordered it! However, here is what the RCM Candidate Services wrote: "Since the piece is in the public domain, a copyright disclaimer from the IMSLP website would need to be provided along with the printout of the music and that would be acceptable. For additional information, our Copyright and Photocopying policy can be found on page 18 of the Harp Syllabus, 2009 Edition."

  • Elizabeth Volpé Bligh

    Elizabeth Volpé Bligh Vancouver

    Another problem that one of my ARCT students ran into: the RCM cancelled her exam because they couldn't find an examiner. They would not refund her money, even though they had cancelled it. So she had to keep all that repertoire going for another year before she had time to do it. Another topic: why must so much music be memorized? I don't believe the other instruments have that requirement. In the interest of fairness, should this be re-considered? I agree that memorization is an excellent skill to develop, but perhaps they could think about the amount of music that must be memorized.

    Another problem that one of my ARCT students ran into: the RCM cancelled her exam because they couldn't find an examiner. They would not refund her money, even though they had cancelled it. So she had to keep all that repertoire going for another year before she had time to do it.

    Another topic: why must so much music be memorized? I don't believe the other instruments have that requirement. In the interest of fairness, should this be re-considered? I agree that memorization is an excellent skill to develop, but perhaps they could think about the amount of music that must be memorized.

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