Music for your Grade Exam

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

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

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 4 and 5, you are allowed a total of 9 minutes to play two stand-alone tunes and one set of three tunes. The set of three tunes should be varied in the tunes’ timings and keys. 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. Auld Robin Gray
Rev. William Leaves
2. Gordon and Andrea
Ian T. Muir
3. Kate Martin's Waltz
Blair Douglas
4. Lament for Big Dougal
Finlay Powrie
5. Lament for Will Starr
Angus Fitchet
6. Niel Gow's Lament for the Death of his Second Wife
Niel Gow
7. Quendale Bay
Phil Cunningham
8. Willie Fernie
Alasdair Fraser
Dance tunesAvailable In
1. Archie Menzies
2. Calliope House
Dave Richardson
3. Captain Cameron’s Volunteer March
4. Captain MacBean's Reel
5. Donald Willie and His Dog
Donald Morrison
6. Dunaskin Glen
Ian T Muir
7. John Morrison, Assynt House
Pipe Major Peter MacLeod
8. Leaving Glen Urquhart
W. MacDonald
9. Miss Lyall
10. Murdo MacKenzie of Torridon
Bobby MacLeod
11. The Laird O Thrums
J Scott Skinner
12. The Rights of Man
Recently CompositionsAvailable In
1. Amherst Two Step
Alistair McCulloch
2. Da Tushkar
Ronnie Cooper
3. Dram Behind the Curtain
Mairearad Green
4. Full Tilt
Mairearad Green
5. Jean's Reel
Bobby MacLeod
6. Maureens Jig
Fergie MacDonald
7. Miss Suzanne Barbour
Iain MacPhail
8. Mr and Mrs McShane of Houston
Ian T Muir
9. Mumbai
Marie Fielding
10. Randall's Reel
Graeme Mitchell
11. Roddy's Last Trip
Sandy Brechin
12. Tazmanian Devil
Sandy Brechin