Music for your Grade Exam

Board:Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Syllabus:Fiddle 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. Coilsfield House
Nathaniel Gow
2. Da Day Dawn
3. Lament for the Death of the Rev. Archie Beaton
John Mason
4. Sitting in the Stern of a Boat
Rev. W. MacLeod
5. Mairi Bhan Og
6. Cumha MhicCriomain
7. Margaret Ann Robertson
Frank Jamieson
8. Mary Scott Flower of Yarrow
9. Hector the Hero
J. Scott Skinner
Dance tunesAvailable In
1. Da Gusiers March
G Stove
2. The Iron Man
J. Scott Skinner
3. Donald MacLean’s Farewell to Oban
Archibald MacNeil
4. Donald MacLeod’s Reel
5. High Road to Linton
6. Jig of Slurs
G. S. MacLennan
7. Mackenzie Hay
J. Scott Skinner
8. Stirling Castle
9. Scott Skinner’s Compliments to Dr MacDonald
J. Scott Skinner
10. Wha’ll Be King But Charlie
11. The Brolum
C Bannatyne
12. Kenny Gillies of Portnalong
P MacFarquhar
Recently CompositionsAvailable In
1. Frank’s Reel
John McCusker
2. Gillian’s Waltz
Gordon Gunn
3. Itchy Fingers
4. Leaving Stoer
Ivan Drever
5. Millbrae
Ronnie Cooper
6. Simon Thoumire’s Jig
John McCusker
7. Spootiskerry
Samuel I R Burns
8. The Sleeping Tune
Gordon Duncan
9. The Westcoaster
Angus Grant