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High School Accreditation
Accreditation
In many school systems across Canada, achievement in RCM Examinations is recognized for credit toward secondary school graduation.

Achievement in the Certificate Program of RCM Examinations is also considered an important element in entrance requirements for professional music programs at many universities and colleges across North America.

Each Ministry of Education determines accreditation eligibility for their province. The chart below outlines the high school accreditation policies of each province. Students should consult with their private music teacher or school guidance counselor for more details.
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BRITISH COLUMBIA
Music Instrument RCM Examinations Level Receive Credit for...
Voice, Piano, Strings, Accordion, Guitar, Harp Grade 6 Practical + Intermediate Rudiments Grade 10
Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion, Recorder Grade 4 Practical + Intermediate Rudiments Grade 10
Speech Arts & Drama Grade 7 Practical + Level 1 Speech Arts Theory Grade 10
Voice, Piano, Strings, Accordion, Guitar, Harp Grade 7 Practical + Advanced Rudiments Grade 11
Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion, Recorder Grade 6 Practical + Advanced Rudiments Grade 11
Speech Arts & Drama Grade 8 Practical + Level 1 Speech Arts History & Literature
OR
Grade 9 Practical + Level 2 Speech Arts Theory + Level 2 Speech Arts History & Literature
Grade 11
Voice, Piano, Strings, Guitar, Accordion, Harp Grade 8 Practical + Advanced Rudiments Grade 12
Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, Recorder Grade 8 Practical + Advanced Rudiments Grade 12
Speech Arts & Drama Grade 10 Practical + Level 3 Speech Arts Theory + Level 3 Speech Arts History & Literature Grade 12

ALBERTA
Music Instrument RCM Examinations Level Receive Credit for...
Voice Grade 6 Practical + Intermediate Rudiments Grade 10
Piano, Strings*, Accordion, Guitar Grade 6 Practical + Intermediate Rudiments Grade 10
Woodwinds**, Brass***, Percussion, Recorder Grade 4 Practical +Intermediate Rudiments Grade 10
Voice Grade 7 Practical + Advanced Rudiments Grade 11
Piano, Strings*, Accordion, Guitar Grade 7 Practical + Advanced Rudiments Grade 11
Woodwinds**, Brass***, Percussion, Recorder Grade 6 Practical + Advanced Rudiments Grade 11
Voice Grade 8 Practical + Advanced Rudiments Grade 12
Piano, Strings*, Accordion, Guitar, Grade 8 Practical + Advanced Rudiments Grade 12
Woodwinds**, Brass***, Percussion, Recorder Grade 8 Practical + Advanced Rudiments Grade 12
*Strings include violin, viola, violoncello, and double bass only.
**Woodwinds include flute, oboe, clarinet, and saxophone only.
***Brass includes trumpet, horn (French Horn).

SASKATCHEWAN
Music Instrument RCM Examinations Level Receive Credit for...
Voice Grade 6 Practical + Intermediate Rudiments Grade 10
Piano, Strings, Guitar, Accordion Grade 6 Practical + Intermediate Rudiments Grade 10
Brass, Woodwinds Grade 4 Practical + Advanced Rudiments Grade 10
Voice Grade 8 Practical + Advanced Rudiments Grade 11
Piano, Strings, Guitar, Accordion Grade 7 Practical + Advanced Rudiments Grade 11
Brass, Woodwinds Grade 6 Practical + Advanced Rudiments Grade 11
Voice Grade 9 Practical + Advanced Rudiments Grade 12
Piano, Strings, Guitar, Accordion Grade 8 Practical + Advanced Rudiments Grade 12
Brass, Woodwinds Grade 8 Practical +Basic Harmony + History 1: An Overview Grade 12

MANITOBA
Music Instrument RCM Examinations Level Receive Credit for...
Bassoon, Oboe, Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba, Euphonium, Trumpet, Percussion Grade 2 + Basic Rudiments Grade 9
Voice, Piano, Violin, Guitar, Accordion Grade 5 Practical + Basic Rudiments Grade 9
Bassoon, Oboe, Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba, Euphonium, Trumpet, Percussion Grade 4 Practical + Intermediate Rudiments Grade 10
Voice, Piano, Violin, Guitar, Accordion Grade 6 Practical + Intermediate Rudiments Grade 10
Bassoon, Oboe, Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba, Euphonium, Trumpet, Percussion Grade 6 Practical + Advanced Rudiments Grade 11
Voice, Piano, Violin, Guitar, Accordion, Organ Grade 7 Practical + Advanced Rudiments Grade 11
Cello Grade 7 Practical + Advanced Rudiments Grade 11
Organ Grade 7 Practical + Advanced Rudiments Grade 11
Bassoon, Oboe, Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba, Euphonium, Trumpet, Percussion Grade 8 Practical + Advanced Rudiments Grade 12
Voice, Piano, Violin, Guitar, Accordion, Organ Grade 8 Practical + Advanced Rudiments Grade 12
Cello Grade 8 Practical + Advanced Rudiments Grade 12
Organ Grade 8 Practical + Advanced Rudiments Grade 12

ONTARIO
Music Instrument RCM Examinations Level Receive Credit for...
Any music instrument that is examined, including voice, but does not include speech arts. Grade 7 Practical + Intermediate Rudiments Grade 11 Credit 
Any music instrument that is examined, including voice, but does not include speech arts. Grade 8 Practical + Advanced Rudiments Grade 12 Credit

QUEBEC
Music Instrument RCM Examinations Level Receive Credit for...
Any music instrument

Students are eligible for credit with any level of practical examinations with RCM Examinations during Secondaire 1-5. Each examination is worth 4 credits.

•  In Secondaire 1 & 2 practical examinations may be used to obtain a
   supplementary credit. •  In Secondaire 3, 4, & 5 practical examinations may be used to replace any
   optional credits. Secondaire 4 & 5 level credits only count towards a
   Secondary School Diploma.

NEW BRUNSWICK

Students with strong music backgrounds may use their knowledge and skills to Challenge for Credit in any prescribed New Brunswick music course. The criteria for challenge are outlined below.

Challenge for Credit is an opportunity to recognize prior learning and to acknowledge this through the granting of credit(s). The Challenge for Credit program is available in any prescribed course in the New Brunswick public school system in Grades 11 and 12. There is a limit of two challenge credits for graduation purposes. A student wishing to obtain a challenge credit must apply in writing to the principal, prior to or within two weeks of the beginning of a course. The application should indicate clear evidence of appropriate outside learning, congruent with the outcomes and requirements of an identified New Brunswick course and should be supported by at least one pedagogical professional.


NOVA SCOTIA

Students whose practical and theoretical work has been professionally examined and officially certified by a nationally recognized institution within the Challenge for Credit process no longer have to be re-examined as part of the challenge process. The marks earned by a student on music examinations may be included in the calculation of the student's grade for the music course being challenged.
Students pursuing music through private study and examinations with RCM Examinations may use the following certification as part of their portfolio:

Music 10
Grade 6 Practical + Intermediate Rudiments + History 1: An Overview
Music 11
Grade 7 Practical + Advanced Rudiments + History 1: An Overview
Music 12
Grade 8 Practical + Advanced Rudiments + History 1: An Overview

Students should consult their school guidance counselor for more information about obtaining credits for music examinations.


PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
To be announced.

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
Voice, and any musical instrument Grade 6 Practical + Intermediate Rudiments Grade 11
Voice, and any musical instrument Grade 8 Practical + Advanced Rudiments Grade 12

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