This is it! On Friday and Saturday music students across Canada, and parts of the U.S. will be writing the winter session of their Royal Conservatory of Music music theory and history exams.
The R.C.M. program has been a staple of Canadian music education now for quite a while. with many students earning high school credit for their efforts. Others see the Conservatory program as a stepping stone to studying music at university. I can hardly imagine a university trained Canadian pianist or violinist without some experience with the R.C.M. program.
For the serious adult student, it becomes a well thought-out program of study, and a way to mark personal progress.
With good instructors, and perseverance on your part, the student, the R.C.M. program does potentially give you a solid foundation in your instrument, music theory, and history.
So good luck to everyone, and after this weekend, and your final Christmas concerts, its time for a well-deserved break.