How to Prepare

Study for Your Exam

We want every student to succeed and that takes careful preparation in each aspect of testing. It is more than just playing the required songs, but having a solid understanding of the supporting music subjects that are worth about 40% of the entire score.

For the ultimate success, students should practice as much as possible with the metronome, get theory training, and participate regularly in recitals.


Establish Good Practice Habits


Technical requirements

  • Need to be played by memory in any order

  • Played with even tone/articulation and good hand position

  • Thoroughly practiced with the metronome at the indicated tempos

Performance Pieces

  • Prepared with all contrasts of dynamics and capturing the style/character

  • Thoroughly practiced with the metronome at the indicated tempos

  • Proper articulation

  • Accurate fingering

  • Perform all pieces in two or more recitals before the exam

In preparation of the ear and sight portions of the exam, students should enroll in the following Supplemental Classes (30 mins each):

  • Independent Piano Lab Study

  • Ear-training/Sight-reading

  • Music Power (Theory)

  • Rhythm Power

Supplemental classes should be taken 2 hours per week, or at minimum of 1 hour per week to be sufficiently prepared. There are various price packages with month to month flexibility depending on what the student needs. Rhythm Power is included in the cost of your private lesson tuition. Ask your teacher for a sign up sheet.


Written theory exams start at Level 5 and may be taken any time (they do not need to coincide with the practical exam level). We encourage students to get started on theory training as soon as possible. This will later help coordinate the theory exams in between practical exam sessions for a less stressful testing experience. Contact your director to set up a customized lesson plan and sample tests.

Leading Up to Your Exam

Your teacher will oversee the general progress of your child in these categories for the practical exam:

  • Proficiency of technical exercises 

  • Memorization

  • Musicality

  • Performance

  • Sight-reading

  • Ear-training

  • Rhythm

Digital Listening

Each piano repertoire book comes with a special code on the inside/back page to access the music recordings. To download, log in to your RCM account and go to My Courses, Learning & Resources. Enter the code at Redeem Celebration Series Code.

You can find other downloadable listening on our studio account by using our log in below.


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