New RCM Violin Series is here!

March 21, 2013

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The Royal Conservatory of Music and Frederick Harris have released a new Violin Series to co-ordinate with the 2013 edition of the RCM Violin Syllabus. Like the 3rd edition of this series, released in 2006, the new series has repertoire books from Preliminary to Grade 8, an Orchestral Excerpts book, and two books of technical excercises for grades Prep-4 and 5-8.

What the RCM says about its new series:

“This comprehensive series for violin includes a sound and progressive collection of Repertoire, Compact Discs, Technique and Etudes, and Orchestra Excerpts for the aspiring virtuoso. Carefully selected and edited to support teachers and students in their artistic and technical development, the pieces in this series provide an engaging compilation of music from all major style periods.”

Like all RCM series, the repertoire books for each grade contain selections for each list in the syllabus; a full exam program can be programmed from the provided books.

A distinguishing characteristic of this new series from its 2006 predecessor is that accompanying CDs are now included in every volume.


Following the precedent established in recent series for flute (Overtones) and voice (Resonance), the CDs and books are no longer sold separately. Although this policy decision increases the cost of each individual book, the total cost per grade is roughly the same as that for piano, for which five separate books are available at most grade levels.


Unlike pianists following the RCM curriculum, violinists do not need to purchase separate sudy and technique books at each level. Instead, the Technique and Orchestral Excerpts books are good for several grades.

The books are well made with clear engraving, separate partbooks for the violinist, and thoughtful contents. The design follows the pattern of the Resonance series for voice, but the covers are more uniform and lack the sometimes embarassing photos of performers. This gives the covers a uniform if not slightly bland look.


We have all the new books in stock with one exception: the 2013 RCM Violin Syllabus will not be released until late April.


Frederick Harris has also released, concurrently with the new Violin Series, two new collections of pieces for the elementary and intermediate players: Excursions by Harold Birston and Fall Fair by local Ottawa composer Christine Donkin.

We can ship these books all over Canada! Order yours today.

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10 Responses to “New RCM Violin Series is here!”

  1. Deirdre Nicholds says:

    Do these books have accompanying Cd’s?

    • Sheilah says:

      Hi Deirdre,

      Yes, the Repertoire books from the new Violin Series come with accompaniment CDs. The Technique/Etudes, and Orchestral Excerpt books do not, nor do the two new elementary/intermediate collections.

  2. Andrea says:

    So there isn’t a level 9 and 10 anymore?

    • Nick says:

      Hi Andrea,

      There are still exams for grades 9 and 10 but the RCM does not publish repertoire books at these levels for violin. Selections for these exams will need to be made from the lists in the new syllabus and each piece purchased separately. So far, piano is the only instrument that has had repertoire books for grades 9 and 10.

  3. Calvin Dyck says:

    Is the 2006 Violin Syllabus still in effect for the August, 2013 exams?

    • Sheilah says:

      Hi Calvin,

      Thanks for your question and sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Yes, the 2006 Violin Syllabus can still be used for the August 2013 exams. Here is what we’ve heard from our contacts at RCM: August 2013 exams will still follow the 2006 syllabus requirements. The crossover year will be the 2013-2014 academic year, which means that for exams in January 2014, May 2014, or August 2014, students may use the requirements from EITHER the 2006 or 2013 syllabus (they just can’t use a combination of both).

  4. Dear Andrea,

    I am a violin teacher and Suzuki Association Violin Teacher Trainer. I live in Florida. I want to have all my students eventually participate in the RCM examination program. Right now I have 2 students whose parents are REALLY pushing me to get this going ASAP! (all OK by me!)

    What do I have to do to get the current syllabus and all the appropriate violin repertoire, plus the theory, etc. We want to do the whole program, but I am confused about how this all works, especially so far from you. I am an old dog learning new tricks. I am very excited and rejuvenated by this, but need a lot of guidance.

    Would you be so kind as to advise me of the next step?

    Thank you very much!

    Martha Shackford

    • Nick says:

      Hi Martha,

      Thanks for enquiring about the RCM series. You can get the RCM Syllabus and the new series of graded books from our online store. You can view all the books in the series here. We are happy to ship to Florida! The Leading Note has also introduced a new Guide to RCM Graded Materials for Violin that helps determine what books will be useful at each grade level, including theory.

      Most of the information about the program is found in the Syllabus. I would be happy to answer any additional questions you may have.

      Best wishes for the coming teaching season,


  5. David says:

    Do you carry the piano accompaniments. If not, where can I get these?
    Thank you.

    • Sheilah says:

      Hello David,
      Thanks for your enquiry. The Repertoire books in the RCM violin series (and other RCM instrumental series) do include piano accompaniments plus a pull-out part for the violinist.

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