of Piping and Drumming
about the College
College of Piping and Drumming Certificates
The certificates are awarded to those who
successfully demonstrate their skills at the chosen level of the College
curriculum: Preliminary, Elementary, Intermediate, Advance and Senior.
By undertaking to work towards a certificate, pipers and drummers
are assuring themselves that they are developing skills of musicianship to
a credible standard. Certificates
are a worthwhile goal for all musicians – younger and older!
are examinations held?
Examinations are held each year during September.
are the examinations held?
The College administrator oversees arrangements for examiners, venues
and examination dates. Candidates are expected to travel to the examiner.
do I make an entry for an examination?
By filling out the form supplied to your band secretary, and sending it to the College administrator
with your $20 examination fee.
certificates can I be examined for?
The list of certificates is shown on the front page of this brochure.
Normally only one certificate may be attempted in any one year.
However, the principal and associate principals may exercise discretion
on this requirement when they are satisfied that the applicant is most likely to
meet the examination standards for more than one certificate.
are the examination requirements?
You must be prepared to be tested on all items in the syllabus for
the certificate you are attempting. You
have to pass every item in each section of the syllabus.
The examiner marks your performance on each item as “excellent”,
“pass” or “fail”. The test
is mainly practical and oral, although there are some written sections as
indicated in the syllabus.
do I prepare myself for the examination?
First, obtain a copy of the syllabus and guidelines.
These are available from the Executive Officer of the RNZPBA. With the help of your tutor, prepare yourself for each item
in the syllabus. If requested (usually by Centre Education Co-ordinators) the
College will arrange workshops when there is sufficient interest.
happens if I don’t pass every item?
You may re-enter and be re-examined only in the areas previously
failed provided the re-sit is within one year of the original examination.
No fee is payable for this re-sit. After
one year has lapsed from the original examination, a new examination covering
the full syllabus is required.
do I take to the examination?
Pipers: practice chanter, bagpipes, music.
Drummers: sticks, practice pad; drum, music.
do I get my results?
You receive your results within one month of the test.
The College administrator will issue your certificate if you pass.
can I get further information?
Contact any member of the College of Piping and Drumming.