Level 4

Level 4


Ab Major Scale
B Major Scale
B Harmonic Minor
B Melodic Minor
Eb Major Scale
Eb Harmonic Minor
Eb Melodic Minor
E Major Scale 4th Position
E Harmonic Minor 4th Position
E Melodic Minor 4th Position
B Major Scale on A string
Chromatic Scale on E
Ab Major Arpeggio
B Major Arpeggio
B Minor Arpeggio
Eb Major Arpeggio
Eb Minor Arpeggio
E Major Arpeggio 4th Position
E Minor Arpeggio 4th Position
Dominant 7th G Major
Dominant 7th D Major ***NOTE*** This was printed erroneously in the technique book and is NOT the scale indicated in the syllabus.
Diminished 7th Eb Minor
Diminished 7th Bb Minor
Eb Major Broken 6ths


The Mill Wheel
Playing Ball
Preparatory Exercise for Chromatic Scales
Ostinelli’s Reel
Study in F major, op 45, no. 6
Melodious Double Stops No. 9
The Happy Wire-haired Dachshund
Inch Worm
Wohlfahrt no. 34

Ear Tests

Rhythm Clapbacks

A short melody of three to four bars will be played twice on the piano, (time signatures 2/4, 6/8). Clap or tap the melody from memory.
Tips: After listening for the first time, try to (quietly!) tap along to the melody the second time it is played. Then when you clap it, you will have rehearsed it once already. Also, it might be easier to sing the melody in your head while you clap, instead of just memorizing the rhythm. Start as soon as you can so you don’t forget, and try to clap at the same speed as the melody was played!

Rhythm Clapback Video 1
Rhythm Clapback Video 2
Rhythm Clapback Video 3

Melody Playback

A short melody will be played on the piano twice, based on the first five notes of the major scale (C, G, D, A major). The key will be named, and the major triad will be played once before the melody begins. (ex. for D major, the notes involved will be any or all of D, E, F#, G, A, and will start on either D, F#, or A)
Tips: Listen carefully to the triad, so that you can quickly figure out what note the melody starts on. Listen for familiar patterns (does it sound like a scale or an arpeggio?) and listen for repeated notes (sometimes the melody will return to a previous note).

Melody Playback Video 1
Melody Playback Video 2
Melody Playback video 3


For the exam, you can choose to identify a given interval (played only once) or sing or hum the interval when given a starting note. The videos below are for identifying intervals only.
Intervals above a given note: major 3rd, minor 3rd, perfect 4th, perfect 5th, perfect octave (8th)
Intervals below a given note: minor 3rd, perfect 5th, perfect octave
Tips: Sing the notes in your head, and then try to sing the notes in between as well, following either a major or a minor scale. You should be able to count the number of notes in between in this way. You may find it easier to start out with singing these out loud until you can do it in your head. You can also use familiar songs to help you recognize certain intervals, for example a major 3rd above sounds like the beginning two notes of  ’When the Saints Come Marching In’.

Intervals Video 1
Intervals Video 2
Intervals Video 3

3 thoughts on “Level 4

  1. Hi,
    May I ask you some question? Is that Rcm violin exam will play all of the Scales, Arpeggios and Double stops during the test or only one selection from them?Looks too much: (
    And what is play back means in ear test? Is that we have to play it use violin? My daughter and I just come from China, She ‘s been play violin for 3years and I want her to apply rcm level 4 exam. Do you speak Mandarin? I want to find a teacher who can speak Mandarin. Thanks

    1. Hi Cheryl, I don’t speak Mandarin, unfortunately! If you look in Richmond you will be able to find someone who does.
      As for the scales etc, yes you have to memorize all of the scales/arpeggios etc listed. The examiner will choose a few during the exam that they want to hear (usually about 5 or 6 I think).
      The playback, yes you listen to the melody twice, and then you play back what you heard on the violin.
      Good luck!

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