contrabordun Posted November 5, 2006 Share Posted November 5, 2006 the FRCO was always an alternative to a univeristy qualification which is fair enough - my point was about the ARCO, which I think I could get on the playing side, would need to work on the tests, but would need to take a very deep breath before deciding whether, as a non aspirant-pro, the paperwork was worth my while starting (never even did O-level music, so it'd be a long slog from G5 theory). The CertRCO is branded (inter alia) as an 'end point' for the amateur, but the syllabus seems to have been written starting with the ARCO and then subtracting bits to get the required standard without worrying too much about whether the end result is a useful skill, rather than starting from a consideration of what might be useful skills for the candidates to learn. EG1: transposition of a 2-part Bach Chorale, (RH+Ped). Useful (perhaps) as an intermediate waypoint en route to somewhere else, but what the hell use is that skill to anybody in itself? ABRSM G7 requires 4-part transposition manuals only and G8 4-part w/pedals, both of which are more useful than 2 part as 'end points', and I'd have thought that most people looking at CertRCO would likely have G8 anyway, so what's the point in testing a skill lower than they've already got? Answer (it seems to me), 4-part with pedal is ARCO, so CertRCO has to have something less demanding. We're organists, so we should have pedals in it. Why not have the G7 requirement instead, of 4 parts manuals only? EG2: to play from an open score in 3 parts, treble, transposing tenor and bass. Now then, the keyboard player only normally encounters the transposing tenor clef in the context of a choir, and in today's world, 3 part music is much more likely to be S+A+Men than ATB. But again, ARCO has the really useful (4 part w/transposing tenor), so Cert gets a cut down version which makes little sense as an end point. Why not have SAB and complex music to make up for not having the transposing tenor clef to worry about? So, coming back to the comment in my previous post, what is the RCO offering to me, and those like me? Why should I be interested in it? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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