After the Introductory Primer Level has been completed, Omaha Conservatory of Music’s graduation levels correspond to the levels of the Royal Conservatory Development Program. We use the repertoire lists provided by the Royal Conservatory Program in our graduation process. These repertoire lists are comprehensive and offer a wide range of styles and genres. The syllabi are available here.
Each level in the Royal Conservatory syllabus includes two or more repertoire lists. In order to graduate from a level at the Omaha Conservatory, a student must perform a piece from each of the appropriate repertoire lists for a teacher with a high degree of mastery. Omaha Conservatory pianists are also required to complete the Royal Conservatory technical requirements for their level if they wish to graduate from levels Preparatory A through 6.
When all other requirements have been completed, the graduating student will perform, from memory, one of the pieces he or she has learned from the repertoire lists at their next recital, where they will then receive their graduation award.
Students who graduate from the first level will earn a medallion from the Omaha Conservatory. The awards for each subsequent graduation, as well as for other achievements such as 100 days of practice, are special pins to be attached to the lanyard of the medallion. Students are encouraged to wear their medallions at solo recitals to showcase their accomplishments and motivate younger students to continue achieving.
Students so inclined may register to take the official Royal Conservatory tests at authorized testing sites throughout the country. In addition to the performance component, these exams test technical, aural, theory and reading skills. Because this is a rigorous process and one that requires the student to register online, pay fees, and travel to an evaluation center, students who have decided to try for this certification should work closely to plan and prepare with their teacher.