Music for your Grade Exam

Board:Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Syllabus:Harp 2014-2020
Grade:2

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. Ye Banks and Braes O' Bonny Doon
Burns
2. Oran Mòr MacLeòid / MacLeod’s Big Song
Traditional
3. Iain Sinclair of Skaldister
Louise MacKenzie
4. Dream Angus
Traditional
5. Crodh Chailein / Colin’s Cattle
Traditional
6. A Ghaoil leig Dhachaidh / Love, Let Me Go Home
Traditional
Dance tunesAvailable In
1. A A Cameron's
Traditional
2. Bha Mi Latha Samhraidh / I Was in Stornoway on a Summer’s Day
Traditional
3. Naked and Bare
Traditional
4. Ruidhleadh mo Nighean Donn / My Brown=Haired Girl’s Reel
Traditional
5. Seice Ruairidh / Rddy’s Drum
Traditional
6. Brechin Castle
Traditional
7. Sward House
John Clark of Penicuik arr Wendy Stewart
Recently CompositionsAvailable In
1. Craigie Waltz
Isobel Mieras
2. Gealach a'Bhruic / The Badger’s Moon
Karen Marshalsay
3. Iain Beag / Little John
Alison Kinnaird
4. T for P and P for T
Elspeth Smellie
5. Cameron Donald's
Rachel Hair
6. Port Anna Bhan / Fair Anna’s Tune
Marie-Louise Napier