Music for your Grade Exam

Board:Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Syllabus:Harp 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 Grades 1 and 2, you have 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. Archibald MacDonald of Keppoch
Traditional
2. Auld Lang Syne
Traditional
3. Is Truagh Nach D'Rugadh Dall Mi / It’s a Pity I Wasn’t Born Bind
Traditional
4. Nighean Donn a‘Chuilein Riomhaich / Lass With the Golden Hair
Traditional
5. Old Lament
Traditional
6. Táladh Éirisgeach / Eriskay Lullaby
Traditional
Dance tunesAvailable In
1. Dexter Day
Wendy Stewart
2. Fliss's Fiftieth
Patsy Seddon
3. I shall not go to my bed til I should die
Traditional
4. Siudaibh 'Illean Gabhaidh ‘m Port / There You Go Boys
Traditional
5. Jumping Geordie
Traditional
6. Till an Crodh, Leig an Crodh
Traditional
Recently CompositionsAvailable In
1. A Bheil Cuimhne Agad?/Do You Remember?
Marie-Louise Napier
2. Irene's Waltz
Isobel Mieras
3. Milligan's Waltz
Corrina Hewat
4. Oddyssey
Mary Strachan
5. The Last Captain
Rachel Hair
6. Pentland Hills
Anne Macdearmid