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Royal Conservatory Examinations guidelines

Updated: Feb 20, 2020


Royal Conservatory examinations provide a national standard for students, parents and teachers to track and measure progress and achievements. Preparing for and successfully completing an examination builds self-confidence and helps students develop a sense of pride. Yunxiang offers kids piano lessons in Lake Hills, Austin to prepare for this test.

The Royal Conservatory Certificate Program is a comprehensive system of music study and assessment from Elementary to Advanced levels. Yunxiang choses West Lake Hills, Austin to offer children's piano lessons due to the areas emphasis on education. Gao Music Academy offers piano and music lessons for the residents of West Austin, both children and adults. There are many piano teachers in Austin and West Lake Hills.

A Certificate of Achievement can be earned at each level of study from The Royal Conservatory by successfully completing the requirements for that level. When kids in Austin and West Lake Hills take piano lessons, motivation and practice is key!

The Benefits of Examinations

Provide a national standard for students to track their progress

Encourage goal setting

Promote well-rounded musical training

When Yunxiang decided to teach piano in Lost Creek Austin, because she knew that this would be a place where the teacher and parents can work together in harmony among a greater culture of learning so that her piano students could achieve great things. That is always more satisfying for a piano teacher who wishes to contribute to the community and the next generation.

What to Expect at an Examination

An objective assessment of the student’s skill for that level

A friendly yet professional atmosphere

Personalized feedback and marks

Results available online

Piano Practical Examination Day Checklist

Before you Leave Home

Plan to arrive 15 minutes early. Complete your Examination Program Form. Bring original copies of all the music being performed in the examination. Mark the pieces being performed with a paper clip or a “sticky note.” Wear proper shoes (pedaling, for example, can be difficult with some types of shoes).

Points to Remember

Electronic devices, books, notes, bags, and coats must be left in the area designated by the presiding officer.

Photo ID may be requested before candidates are admitted to the examination room. There are no warm-up rooms for piano candidates. Parents, other family members, friends, and teachers must wait in the designated waiting area. Standing and listening outside the examination room door is prohibited.

Recording devices are strictly prohibited in the examination room.

Photocopied music is prohibited (unless authorized by the publisher).

The performance of repertoire may be interrupted by the examiner once an assessment has been reached. An interrupted performance does not indicate a poor performance.

What to Expect from an Examination

A friendly yet professional atmosphere.

The undivided attention of an examiner.

An objective assessment of your performance of repertoire, studies/etudes, orchestral excerpts, technique, ear training, and sight reading.

The examiner’s written evaluation online within six weeks of the examination. After the Examination

Access your practical examination marks and examiner comments through your online account at Examiner comments are provided as downloadable PDF documents.

2019.20 Exam Dates

November/December Session

EventDateOnline Registration OpensSeptember 4, 2019Online Registration DeadlineOctober 15, 2019Theory ExaminationsDecember 13 & 14, 2019 Practical ExaminationsNovember 30–December 12, 2019

May/June Session

EventDateOnline Registration OpensJanuary 7, 2020Online Registration DeadlineFebruary 11, 2020Theory ExaminationsMay 8 & 9, 2020 Practical ExaminationsMay 10–June 1, 2020

August Session

EventDateOnline Registration OpensApril 14, 2020Online Registration DeadlineMay 12, 2020Theory ExaminationsAugust 7 & 8, 2020Practical ExaminationsJuly 31–August 6, 2020 (select centers only)

2019.20 Theory (Academic) Exam Dates

Theory (Academic) Examinations take place only on the dates stated above and according to the following schedule:

SubjectDayTimeLevel 5 TheorySaturday2:00–3:00 p.m.Level 6 TheorySaturday9:30–11:30 a.m.Level 7 TheorySaturday9:30–11:30 a.m.Level 8 TheorySaturday

2:00–4:00 p.m.

Level 9 HarmonySaturday9:30–12:30 p.m.Level 9 HistoryFriday2:00–5:00 p.m.Level 10 Harmony & CounterpointSaturday9:30–12:30 p.m.Level 10 HistoryFriday9:30–12:30 p.m.ARCT Harmony & CounterpointSaturday9:30–12:30 p.m.ARCT AnalysisSaturday2:00–5:00 p.m.ARCT HistoryFriday2:00–5:00 p.m.ARCT Teacher's WrittenFriday9:30–12:30 p.m.Elementary Piano Pedagogy WrittenFriday9:30–12:30 p.m.Intermediate Piano Pedagogy WrittenFriday9:30–12:30 p.m.Advanced Piano Pedagogy WrittenFriday9:30–12:30 p.m.

2019.20 Alternate Theory (Academic) Exam Schedule

The following examination are offered at these alternate seatings to accommodate students who may have a conflict with the original date and time.

SubjectDayTimeLevel 5 TheoryFriday9:30–10:30 a.m.Level 6 TheoryFriday9:30–11:30 a.m.Level 7 TheoryFriday9:30–11:30 a.m.Level 8 TheoryFriday9:30–11:30 a.m.Level 9 HarmonyFriday9:30–12:30 p.m.Level 10 Harmony & CounterpointFriday9:30–12:30 p.m.ARCT Harmony & CounterpointFriday9:30–12:30 p.m.ARCT AnalysisFriday9:30–12:30 p.m.

How to Prepare for the music test:

A piano teacher should tailor instruction for their individual students. Children are often very different in how they learn and respond to different motivations. She is very happy to teach piano in West Lake Hill and Austin and hopes to make life-time relationships with her children piano students and their parents!

Piano lessons should not be torture. Great piano students should love to practice the piano. Only consistent and appropriate feedback can guarantee that music will become part of the soul. Great piano teachers understand how to do this. Parents should feel free to compare and contrast all the piano teachers around Austin and in West Lake Hills and Lost Creek. When doing so, please schedule a trial lesson with Gao Music Academy. Almost all students who participate in trial lessons chooses Yunxiang Gao as their piano teacher. They typically greatly look forward to coming each week to their piano lesson in Austin.

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