Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Call for Submissions: The Royal Conservatory 2015 Piano Syllabus

pianoOne of the reasons that I haven't posted in a while is that I'm currently busy with a number of projects, including being on the revision team for both the technique and repertoire components of the Royal Conservatory's 2015 Piano Syllabus. This is the syllabus that will be used for pianists and teachers associated with the Music Development Program in the US and RCM Examinations in Canada.

The repertoire revision team will focus on the very best recent music for the developing pianist, from beginner to advanced levels, for inclusion on the next Piano Syllabus. We're looking for the kind of piano music that teachers will want to teach and that students will be inspired to play. We're looking for showstoppers rather than bland pedagogical material.

Below is the official Call for Submissions from Janet Lopinski, Director of Academic Programs at the RCM. You'll probably notice that the submission deadline is quickly coming up on October 15. We're considering already published material - composers, self-published music is acceptable as long as it is readily available on a website with clear navigation and download procedure, whether free or paid.

If you know of any composers or publishers who might benefit from this huge opportunity, please forward this post. To give you a sense of what the current Piano Syllabus is all about, you can check it out here. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below or email me directly (collaborative piano [at] gmail dot com).

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to share exciting news about a current project. We have begun the process of developing The Royal Conservatory Piano Syllabus, 2015 Edition. In an effort to make this a collaborative process, we are inviting you to submit recommendations for pieces to be included in the revised repertoire lists. The 2015 syllabus revision will focus primarily on updating the list of repertoire from the late 20th and the 21st century. As a valued member of our musical community, you have the potential to contribute suggestions that will be appreciated by teachers and students across North America.

Guidelines for Repertoire Submissions
·   You may submit up to 10 recommendations for repertoire selections suitable for any level from Preparatory through ARCT.
·   Recommended selections must be published works.
·   Submissions must include scans (PDF or other) of the music.
·   Complete publication information must be included. Your recommendation for the appropriate Royal Conservatory grade should be indicated at the top of the first page of the score.

Please send your recommendations, no later than October 15, 2013, to:
pianosyllabus2015@rcmusic.ca (you may reply directly to this email).

Best regards,
Dr. Janet Lopinski
the royal conservatory
TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning
273 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON M5S 1W2


  1. Hi,

    I was wondering on what happens for collection of works in a single score? For example one work of mine, titled "Sketch Music" holds 21 works of varying difficulty from level 3 to around level 7. Should I label each work in the set accordingly?

    Thank you for your time.

  2. Yes, that would work. Just make sure that there are no more than 10 recommendations.

  3. Thank you Chris! Much obliged!

  4. Thank you so much for posting this - I just submitted my work!

  5. Wish I could take advantage of this opportunity but unfortunately I can't deal with it before a month from now... Good luck to all, Rami Bar-Niv

  6. Great job Chris! Keep up the good work! I wish there would be more people to promote classical music. Judging by the contemporary musical environment, there's not only a financial crisis but a musical crisis as well.

  7. Thanks Jennifer and Rami!