I'm back. Sorry for delayed response.
Stevester:[/b] Thanks for picking up the slack for me! Feel free to steal my threads anytime.
NAK:[/b] Hi! Haven't seen you around PW in a while (of course, I've been offline for a couple of weeks myself). Thanks for the kind words! I hear things are hot and humid in your neck of the woods. Same here - ugh!
(this graemlin is "burn" as in sunburn, not "burn" as in angry)
markb:[/b] You are no slacker!!! I wish I were as far along with my theory studies as are you. And I thought your solo playing and our duet was just fine! Look forward to another duet in the Fall - but let's coordinate so we can practice in advance. But thanks for the confidence booster - you are a sweetie.
Sandy:[/b] No, I play most of the pieces in each grade level, working from one Study Module to the next. I also work on several additional pieces outside of the RCM curriculum. My exam pieces are generally from the last or next to last Study Module, so I'm pretty much ready to move on to the next level by the time I take the exam. What Gr. 4 pieces are you playing right now?
Boxer:[/b] I saw your PM and just sent you a rather lengthy reply. The only thing that I'll add here is that for me, the most important aspect of the RCM program is not the Celebration Series albums or CDs. Almost any grade appropriate literature will do just fine - although I do like the pieces in this series (all original). Rather, it is the curriculum, itself - outlined in the Piano Syllabus - with its broad focus on technique, ear training, sight reading, theory, analysis, etc., that I find most useful.
hillhart:[/b] I haven't seen the Masterwork Classics
series. Do you know if there is their a published curriculum to which the Alfred series corresponds?
. . . Linda