What about the Piano valuation?

Jul 26, 2021
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Hello Everyone,
Living in the United States, there are two different music performance assessment organizations that I could follow. There's the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), based in the United Kingdom, and there's the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM), based in Canada. Both of the organizations offer performance and theory assessments for a variety of instruments in the United States. But there are differences between the two organizations.

Both organizations offer a numbered series of assessment levels, followed by some sort of diploma level assessments. But the levels are not strictly comparable. The ABRSM offers eight numbered levels, followed by three diploma levels. The RCM offers two preparatory levels, ten numbered levels, followed by two diploma levels.

The ABRSM does offer some guidance as to which levels are equivalent between the two organizations. The Diploma Syllabus states that the prerequisite for the DipABRSM of passing an ABRSM Grade 8 practical assessment can be replaced with a Grade 9 assessment from the RCM. It also states that the prerequisite for the LRSM of a DipABRSM can be replaced by an ARCT from the RCM. So we've got at least some equivalency between the two organizations. (The ABRSM does not have an equivalency for the RCM's Licentiate, which is only available for Piano.)


Sep 6, 2017
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Lancashire, UK.

Here in the UK our top three are:-
Royal Academy of Music
Conservatoire of Scotland
Royal College of Music.

There are a myriad of different distance learning courses available.

What is best for you we cannot advise, only you can decide.

Are you having lessons at present?

What is your assessment of your current skill level?

What direction do you want to go?

The more info you can provide the better tailored will be the responses.

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