RCM Basic Rudiments Requirements – Exam & Answers

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RCM Basic Rudiments Requirements – Exam Preparation

  • RCM Basic Rudiments Requirements – Pitch

Grand Staff (Treble and Bass Clefs) Note names (up to five ledger lines below and above the Treble Clef and Bass Clef)
Accidentals (sharp, natural and flat)
Whole tones (whole steps), diatonic & chromatic semitones (half steps) and enharmonic equivalents

  • RCM Basic Rudiments Requirements – Rhythm

Note and rest time values (whole, half, quarter, eighth and sixteenth)
Dotted half notes, dotted quarter notes and dotted eighth notes
Triplets (quarter notes, eighth notes and sixteenth notes)
Adding Time Signatures, bar lines and rests to a given line of music (which may include an anacrusis)
Simple Time Signatures

  • RCM Basic Rudiments Requirements – Scales

Scales in Major and minor keys up to and including four sharps and four flats
Major and minor (natural, harmonic and melodic) scales, ascending and descending
Key Signatures (Major and relative minor)
Tonic, Subdominant and Dominant scale degrees

  • RCM Basic Rudiments Requirements – Triads

Triads in Major & harmonic minor keys – including four sharps & four flats
Write or identify: Solid (blocked) in Root Position (close position only) beginning on the Tonic, Subdominant and Dominant notes (with or without a Key Signature)
Identify: Broken in Root Position (close position only) beginning on the Tonic, Subdominant and Dominant notes (with or without a Key Signature)

  • Basic Rudiments Requirements – Intervals

Intervals – Perfect, Major and minor
Write or identify: above a given note, all intervals up to and including an octave (no inversions), melodic or harmonic form (with or without a Key Signature)
Identify: below a given note, all intervals up to and including an octave (no inversions), melodic form only (with or without a Key Signature)

  • RCM Basic Rudiments Requirements – Recognition of Key Signatures

Recognition of Key Signatures up to and including four sharps and four flats
Identify the key (Major or minor) of a given melody with a Key Signature

  • RCM Basic Rudiments Requirements – Transposition

Transposition (keys up to and including four sharps and four flats)
Transpose a melody up or down one octave
Transpose a melody from one clef to another (Treble to Bass or Bass to Treble)
Rewrite a melody at the same pitch in the alternate clef

  • RCM Basic Rudiments Requirements – Musical Terms and Signs

Recognize, define or supply the musical terms or signs as listed in the Ultimate Music Theory Basic Rudiments Workbook

  • RCM Basic Rudiments Requirements – Analysis

Analyze a short musical composition, identifying any of the above theory requirements

  • RCM Basic Rudiments Requirements – Score

Score: 60 – 69 Pass; 70 – 79 Honors; 80 – 89 First Class Honors; 90 – 100 First Class Honors with Distinction

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