RCM Exam Prep: Practical, Theory, History

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RCM Music Theory

Class Time: to be scheduled at the mutual convenience of teacher and students
Class Description: VAM's private, semi-private, and small group classes in RCM Theory provide an excellent means of enhancing essential musicianship skills that greatly spur progress for instrumental training. VAM shares a close institutional relationship with the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) that includes our official designation as Vancouver West exam centre. Private, semi-private, and small group options available; click  below to begin the registration process.

RCM Music History

Class Time: to be scheduled at the mutual convenience of teacher and students
Class Description: VAM's private, semi-private, and small group classes in RCM History provide an excellent means of enhancing essential musicianship skills that greatly spur progress for instrumental training. VAM shares a close institutional relationship with the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) that includes our official designation as Vancouver West exam centre. Private, semi-private, and small group options available; click  below to begin the registration process.

RCM Teacher’s Elementary Pedagogy

Class Time: to be scheduled at the mutual convenience of teacher and students
Class Description: VAM's private, semi-private, and small group classes in RCM Teacher's Elementary Pedagogy provide an excellent means of learning about issues related to teaching beginning students. VAM shares a close institutional relationship with the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) that includes our official designation as Vancouver West exam centre. Private, semi-private, and small group options available; click below to begin the registration process.

RCM Voice Exam Preparation – Intensive

Instructor: Joslin Romphf Dennis
Recommended for: Voice students following the RCM curriculum
Class Description: Fine-tune your voice exam skills with a four-day intensive course! Leading up to the RCM Exam Session, emphasis will be placed on a variety of RCM exam components and end with a mock exam. Registration for Spring 2018 coming soon, email [email protected] for more details.

RCM Voice Exam Preparation

Instructor: Joslin Romphf Dennis
Recommended for: Voice students following the RCM curriculum
Class Description: The perfect opportunity to supplement your private lessons with focused studies on the technical requirements of the RCM voice exam, this course will tune up your skills on sight singing, ear training, interval identification, and more. 1st Semester: September 18 (2 hrs), November 6, 20, December 4January 15, 29 (2 hrs) 2nd Semester: February 26, March 12April 16, 30, May 14, 28, June 4, 11.

Violin RCM Technique Class: Level 5

Instructor: Esther Hwang
Recommended for: Violin students wishing to supplement their RCM studies with technical practice
Class Time: Saturdays, 12:30-1:15pm
Semester Fee:
  • $300
Class Description: Start learning a three octave scale and work on your right fingers’ flexibility in order to execute some advanced bow strokes such as collé and spiccato. Keep developing your vibrato and start shifting to 5th position. Recognize even a wider variety of intervals and sight read short excerpts at RCM Level 3 difficulty.

Violin RCM Technique Class: Level 6

Instructor: Esther Hwang
Recommended for: Violin students wishing to supplement their RCM studies with technical practice
Class Time: Saturdays, 1:00-1:45pm
Semester Fee:
  • $300
Class Description: Continue your development of vibrato and add more three octave scales to the mix. Start practicing all the standard double stops (3rds, 6ths and 8ves) and fine tuning your spiccato stroke. Sight read pieces at RCM 4 Level and begin recognizing chords.

Violin RCM Technique Class: Level 7

Instructor: Lawrie Hill (Department Co-Head)
Recommended for: Violin students wishing to supplement their RCM studies with technical practice
Class Time: Saturdays, 11:30am-12:15pm
Semester Fee:
  • $300
Class Description: Further improve your bow hold and fine tune a variety of bow strokes. Practice three octave scales up to 7th position and work on developing more ease in your vibrato. Get introduced to orchestral excerpts and improve aural recognition of even more intervals and chords.

Violin RCM Technique Class: Level 8

Instructor: Lawrie Hill (Department Co-Head)
Recommended for: Violin students wishing to supplement their RCM studies with technical practice
Class Time: Saturdays, 11:00-11:45am
Semester Fee:
  • $300
Class Description: Summarize your knowledge of various bow strokes and get introduced to ricochet, up-bow staccato and sautillé. Keep climbing up the fingerboard by adding scales going up as high as the 10th position and start working on two octave double stops. Expand your repertoire of orchestral excerpts and learn to distinguish between a perfect and plagal cadence.  

Violin RCM Technique Class: Level 9

Instructor: Domagoj Ivanovic (Department Co-Head)
Recommended for: Violin students wishing to supplement their RCM studies with technical practice
Class Time: Saturdays, 11:15-am-12:15pm
Semester Fee:
  • $375
Class Description: Complete your list of three octave scales and apply a variety of bow strokes to contrasting excerpts from orchestral literature. Work on perfecting your shifting abilities and developing an ease of playing in any position, as well as using a varied vibrato suitable for different stylistic periods. Learn different strategies for recognizing cadences and summarize your knowledge of intervals and chords. Practice sight reading and ensemble playing using a variety of violin duets.

Violin RCM Technique Class: Level 10

Instructor: Domagoj Ivanovic (Department Co-Head)
Recommended for: Violin students wishing to supplement their RCM studies with technical practice
Class Time: Saturdays, 1:15-2:15pm
Semester Fee:
  • $375
Class Description: Start understanding the “big picture” of violin technique. Review all the three octave scales and focus on developing fingered octaves and tenths. Further improve your understanding of various styles and the ability to adjust your technique accordingly. Work on advanced orchestral excerpts and learn what is required to execute them at a professional level. Start listening to four note chords and all the inversions as well as distinguishing between four different types of cadences. Develop a strong practice routine by understanding the importance of violin technique.