Music exam prep task list

Getting down to the crunch time for May/June Royal Conservatory of Music exams. At this point, we want all repertoire and technical exercises “digested”–meaning even if not at tempo or polished, we’re past struggling through the basics: rhythm and pitch. We also understand which aspects of our ear training need spot work. Usually it’s intervals and playback/sing back.

To help guide your practice, here is a task list:

Exam Prep Practice Task List

Piano Technical – Five times per week. (25 minutes)

  1. Play one sight-reading exercise.
  2. Play once through each technical exercise at slow enough tempo to warm up & minimize mistakes. Note which exercises need more work.
  3. Spot work at least 2 technical exercises noted above.
  4. Workshop newer technical exercises: arpeggios, new keys.
  5. Login online for ear training – 5 minutes per day.

Three times weekly, play through technical exercises with a metronome, aiming to increase to marked tempo. This is to practice playing evenly.

Piano Repertoire – Five times per week (20 minutes)

  1. Play through each song once, at a tempo that allows you to minimize mistakes. Note which areas need more work.
  2. Each practice period, spot work difficult areas in one song.
  3. Each practice period, workshop one song.
  4. Ensure you listen to each song on your playlist while driving, doing homework etc.

Vocal Technical – Five times per week

  1. Sing along with exercises I sent.
  2. Practice each exercise using a random starting note you select at the piano, a capella (on your own, to see if you remember the technical exercise).
  3. Isolate one exercise that is more difficult, to do spot work.

Vocal Repertoire –

  1. Listen and sing each song once per day, while following along the sheet music to learn your entrances.
  2. Read through lyrics of songs in foreign languages, following along with any practice tracks I have recorded for you.

Print & keep in your music practice area! On the piano. On the fridge if your parents help you track your work.

Slow and steady does the job!

Kind regards, Rosanna