Music for your Grade Exam

Board:Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Syllabus:Accordion 2014-2020
Grade:1

Like exams delivered by the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music, the Conservatoire’s Scottish Traditional Music Graded Exams are divided into four sections and last 15-20 minutes depending on the grade.
Total possible marks in each Scottish Traditional Music Graded Exam are 150. 100 marks are required to reach a Pass; 120 marks to pass with Merit; and 130 marks to pass with Distinction. The four sections of the exam are:

•PERFORMANCE – 90 marks
•TECHNICAL WORK – 18 marks
•QUICK STUDY – 21 marks
•PRACTICAL AND AURAL MUSICIANSHIP – 21 marks

The performance part of the exam has 3 pieces: 1) Airs, 2) Dance Tunes and 3) Recently-composed Tunes. Each piece is marked out of 30.

As the grades progress, you are allowed more time and scope to perform your programme of music, chosen from the increasingly challenging repertoire lists:

• At Grade 1, you are allowed a total of 4 ½ minutes to play one air, one dance tune and one recently-composed tune.

For more information visit the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland website.

Pieces (select one from each list)

AirsAvailable In
1. Amazing Grace
Traditional
2. Come By the Hills
Traditional
3. Huntingtower
Traditional
4. Mo Nighean Donn Bhoidheach
Traditional
5. The Gentle Maiden
Traditional
6. Ye Banks and Braes
Traditional
Dance tunesAvailable In
1. Aitken Drum
Traditional
2. Lassie wi the Yellow Coatie
Traditional
3. Seven Step Polka
Traditional
4. The Reel of Tullochgorum
Traditional
5. Thistle of Scotland
Traditional
Recently CompositionsAvailable In
1. Keppoch Point
Iain MacPhail
2. Michael MacKenzie
Ali MacGregor
3. Mid Yell School Waltz
Tom Anderson
4. The Colours of Cape Breton
Phil Cunningham
5. The Standing Stones of Kilberry
Iain MacPhail