Music for your Grade Exam

Board:Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Syllabus:Accordion 2014-2020
Grade:3

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 Grades 2 and 3, you are allowed a total of 6 minutes to play two stand-alone tunes and one set of two tunes. At least one tune from each of the three categories should be played.

For more information visit the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland website.

Pieces (select one from each list)

AirsAvailable In
1. Braigh Loch Iall
Traditional
2. Dream Angus
Traditional
3. Farquhar & Hettie's Waltz
Finlay McRae
4. Finlay MacRae
Phil Cunningham
5. Hector the Hero
J Scott Skinner
6. In Praise of Islay
Traditional
7. Tuireadh Iain Ruaidh
Traditional
Dance tunesAvailable In
1. Banks of Allan
Traditional
2. Captain Horn
Traditional
3. Greenwoodside
Traditional
4. Ian Powrie’s Compliments to Sir Thomas Wardle
Ian Powrie
5. Mo Chuachag Laghach
Traditional
6. Orange and Blue
Traditional
7. The Eavesdropper
Traditional
8. The Sound of Sleat
D Mackinnon
Recently CompositionsAvailable In
1. Calum's Road
Donald Shaw
2. Da Sooth End
Willie Hunter
3. David and Sheila's
Mairearad Green
4. Drumloist
Jim Johnstone
5. Mo Mhathair
Neil MacLean
6. Mrs Mary Printy – Iain MacPhail
7. The Dunecht Loon
Graeme Mitchell
8. The New High Level
Whinham/Rankine
9. The Weaver and His Wife
Andrew Rankine