Quality Assurance

The College of Examiners is made up of over 300 distinguished professional teachers and performers from across North America. College members provide evaluations to students and teachers across North America on behalf of The Royal Conservatory Examinations. They are grouped according to their discipline and level of expertise.

Practical Disciplines   Theory Disciplines
Accordion Percussion   Rudiments Counterpoint
Brass Piano   History Analysis
Guitar Speech Arts & Drama   Harmony Pedagogy
Harp Strings   Speech Arts Theory, Literature & Technique
Harpsichord Voice      
Organ Woodwinds      

Members of the College of Examiners come from a wide variety of educational and performance backgrounds, however, minimum qualifications may include the following:

  • A Bachelor of Music or an equivalent degree/diploma
  • Five years professional teaching experience
  • Adjudicating experience at festivals/competitions
  • Knowledge of the The Royal Conservatory Certificate Program curriculum through student particpation
  • Strong organizational time management skills

Prior to being admitted to the College of Examiners, all examiners must successfully complete the Examiner Apprenticeship Program consisting of an intensive series of lectures, demonstrations, and practicum, as well as sitting-in with a mentor examiner for three consecutive examination sessions.

Three senior College members are appointed as Chief Examiners to provide leadership to the College of Examiners. They are responsible for all College members in the areas of Academic Standards, Training and Development, and Theoretical Subjects.

All members of the College of Examiners receive regular feedback from the Office of the Chief Examiners through.

  • Annual review and development reports
  • Evaluation of written critiques
  • Comparative analysis of mark averages
  • Observational sessions with Chief Examiners

Examiners also attend annual professional development workshops in order to refine their skills, maintain evaluation consistency, and participate in pedagogical discussions with other College members.

Quality Assurance
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