His Royal Highness The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, visited the RSAMD on Tuesday 1st June. HRH is patron of the RSAMD – a position previously held by the Queen Mother.
Public presentations in October
Musicians, learners, teachers and anybody else with an interest in traditional
Scottish music is warmly invited to attend a public presentation and discussion
on the development of the RSAMD Scottish Traditional Music Graded Exams, taking
place in the following venues in October:
The dates of the upcoming public presentations on the development of Scottish Traditional Music Graded Exams in October:
Tuesday 10th: Feis Rois nan Deugairean, Village Hall, Ullapool, 4:00pm.
Wednesday 11th: Doric Festival, MacRobert Building, King’s College, Aberdeen,
Saturday 28th: Feis a’ Mheadhain, Wallace High School, Stirling, 7:00pm.
A Ceilidh will follow in the evening after each presentation.
Announcing Summaries of the 2006 Pilot Scheme and Online Survey
On Friday 15th and Saturday 16th September 2006, 74 volunteers of all ages and
abilities took part in mock graded examinations for fiddle, accordion and
clarsach as part of our Scottish Traditional Music Graded Exams pilot scheme.
Exams took place in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness as well as via
videoconference facilities in Lionacleit, Stornoway and Kirkwall. The operation
as a whole went very smoothly and an enjoyable time was had by all – we have
even had reports of impromptu ceilidhs in the exam centres’ waiting rooms.
Additionally, our online questionnaire survey of the education sector and the
traditional music community, both in Scotland and overseas, closed at the end of
August with a total of 397 responses. This is a very respectable result and a
testament to the level of interest shown by teachers, instrumental instructors,
musicians and learners throughout Scotland and abroad.
To read summaries of the pilot scheme and the online survey, please go to
This article has been sent to UKAO by the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and
Drama (RSAMD) Traditional Music Grade Exams project team.