Since its founding the College in 1944 has always had its own system of piping examinations. These in-house exams should be seen as running parallel with other exam systems in the piping and pipe band world offering a wider range of options to students. The CoP syllabus places the emphasis firmly on the student’s practical ability, therefore only the theory which is necessary for the correct understanding, interpretation and performance of the music is required. It is vital that the playing standard is achieved at each grade before progress can be made. Music is a performance skill and no amount of theoretical knowledge can compensate for a poor sounding instrument, poor technique or a lack of musical expression.
- Exam fees are payable in advance and are non-refundable in event of failure.
- Lower grade certificates can be awarded in the event of failure at a higher level.
- Where possible candidates will be given a de-briefing on their exam performance. Those unsure as to their ability are advised to undergo a Performance Assessment or sit the Preparatory Certificate.
- Bronze on achieving Grade 4
- Silver on achieving Grade 6
- Gold on achieving Grade 8
As this is a progressive system students will not be allowed to enter for the higher grades until they have passed Grade 5, though pipers with PDQB Level 4 can start at Grade 6. Read the full exam syllabus below and copy for future use.