RCM examinations …. should I or shouldn’t I?

September 10, 2012

Fall is back and the question of should I start preparing for an RCM exam is the question many  music students will be asking. There are alot of pro/cons about...

Fall is back and the question of should I start preparing for an RCM exam is the question many  music students will be asking.

There are alot of pro/cons about exams!

 

 

Pro

-great for the resume

-universities (esp. in Canada) love RCM grads

-gives you discipline

-gives you a goal to work towards

-gives you that push to practice more

-gives you a thicker skin which is needed if you decided to work in the music industry

 

Cons

-they mark hard, especially in the vocal exams

-they have some old fashion ideas on music

-some of the examiners are well, sometimes quite mean

-the exams just add unneccesarry stress

-Europe/US/parts of Asia really don’t care about RCM exams

-does it really mean you are good musician, or just be able to handle stress?

-is it really needed in our post-modern world?

 

Well, I think there’s no right or wrong answer — I believe it depends on the person and what they are looking for. In the end, are you a good musician?

But if you are serious about becoming a musician and perhaps teaching one day  – you will probally end up putting students in for exams and it will give you a good idea of what they are looking for.

It will teach you the life skill of dealing with high pressured situations, like it or not — jobs can be stressful – the sooner you learn the better

And well, my great-grandmother had a saying, “pieces of paper [dipolmas/degrees etc] are very light to carry!” I believe it is so true, even if you decided to become a medical doctor later in life – it will help you.

Strange, believe it or not true! I used to play piano duets with a girl who decided to go into bussiness. She did very well in university and when she finished at UBC, her professors adviced her to apply for this well-sought ofter position. She did but never thought she’d get even an interview. She not only got the interview but the job (she’s a manager now, last I heard) — a few months into the job – she asked why she got the job over 100s of applications. They answered, “you have your ARCT from the RCM examinations. It proves that you can handle stress, juggle projects and still come out on top!”

hmmmm something to think about as we all plan our fall activities — maybe getting your next RCM level is a good idea 🙂

 

 

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