Carnatic Music Certificate Course and Exams

Conducted by The International Foundation for Carnatic Music and Acharyanet.com
IFCM is incorporated in India and USA as a not-for-profit organization
 
 
Syllabus followed: "Perfecting Carnatic Music (PCM)" Perfecting Carnatic Music Level 1    and Perfecting Carnatic Music Level 2 ===================
The Carnatic Music Certificate Course on Acharyanet is based on Perfecting Carnatic Music Level I and Level II books. All theory and practicals are based from this book. Each book content is split into 3 levels: basic, intermediate and advanced. The content is listed below. Students may apply for any level. Both vocal and instrumental students can apply.
 
Level 1 - Prelim Level Exam - Based on PCM I:
  Practical (70 marks):
  • Sarali, Jantai, Datu, Melsthayi varishais, 7 alankarams (in minimum 2 speeds)
Theory (30 marks):
  • Chapter 1, 2 and 3 and Practical Exercises- Phase I and Phase II from Perfecting Carnatic Music Level 1.
  • Appendix - V Suggested Listening - Identify any 3 vocalists and 3 instrumentalists (Audio clip might be played)
 
Level 1 - Intermediate Level Exam - Based on PCM I:
  Practical (70 marks):
  • First 15 geetams/thiruppugazh from Perfecting Carnatic Music Level 1 book.
Theory (30 marks):  
  • Chapter 1, 2 and 3 and Practical Exercises- Phase I and Phase II from Perfecting Carnatic Music Level 1.
  • First 36 melakartas with serial numbers.
  • Identify and sing scale of any 12 ragas from Appendix B, 'A Few Popular Ragas'. (Questions will be based on ragas chosen by students)
  • Appendix - V Suggested Listening - Identify any 5 vocalists and 5 instrumentalists (Audio clip might be played)
 
Level 1 - Advanced Level Exam - Based on PCM I:
Practical (70 marks):
  • Any 25 geetams/thiruppugazh
  • Any one swarajathi from Perfecting Carnatic Music Level 1 book.
Theory (30 marks):
  • Chapter 1, 2 and 3 and Practical Exercises- Phase I and Phase II from Perfecting Carnatic Music Level 1.
  • All 72 melakartas with serial numbers. Identify and sing scale of any 25 ragas from Appendix B 'A Few Popular Ragas'.
  • Appendix - V Suggested Listening - Identify any 7 vocalists and 7 instrumentalists (Audio clip might be played)
 
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Level II Basic Exam - Based on Perfecting Carnatic Music Level II:
Practical (80 marks):
  • Ability to render the 35 tala alankaram.
  • Any 2 out of 10 varnams in two speeds
  • Any 6 out of 20 krtis.
  • Render alapanas for any 3 ragas and kalpana swaras for any 3 songs.
  Theory (20 marks):
  • Chapters 1, 2, 3 from Perfecting Carnatic Music Level 2
  • Appendix 1 - 16 note system
  • Appendix 2 - Scale of first 24 melakartas with serial numbers and chakras
  • Appendix 3 - Ability to identify and render basic scale of at least 20 ragas. (Questions will be based on ragas chosen by students)
  • Appendix 4 - System of 7, 35 and 175 talas
  • Appendix - V Suggested Listening - Identify any 10 vocalists and 10 instrumentalists (Audio clip might be played)
  • Appendix 6 - A few useful technical terms
   
Level II Intermediate Exam - Based on Perfecting Carnatic Music Level II:
Practical (80 marks):
  • Ability to render the 35 tala alankaram in 5 gatis.
  • Any 5 out of 10 varnams in 2 speeds
  • Any 12 out of 20 krtis.
  • Render alapanas for any 6 ragas and kalpana swaras for any 6 songs.
Theory (20 marks):
  • Chapters 1, 2, 3 from Perfecting Carnatic Music Level 2
  • Appendix 1 - 16 note system
  • Appendix 2 - Scale of first 48 melakartas with serial numbers and chakras
  • Appendix 3 - Ability to identify and render basic scale of at least 40 ragas (Questions will be based on ragas chosen by students)
  • Appendix 4 - System of 7, 35 and 175 talas
  • Appendix - V Suggested Listening - Identify any 15 vocalists and 15 instrumentalists (Audio clip might be played)
  • Appendix 6 - A few useful technical terms
 
Level II Final Exam - Based on Perfecting Carnatic Music Level II:
Practical (80 marks):
  • Any 8 out of 10 varnams (including Bhairavi Ata tala varnam) in 2 speeds
  • Any 18 out of 20 krtis.
  • Render alapanas for any 12 ragas and kalpana swaras for any 12 songs.
Theory (20 marks):
  • Chapters 1, 2, 3 from Perfecting Carnatic Music Level 2
  • Appendix 1 - 16 note system
  • Appendix 2 - Scale of first 72 melakartas with serial numbers and chakras
  • Appendix 3 - Ability to identify and render basic scale of at least 60 ragas (Questions will be based on ragas chosen by students)
  • Appendix 4 - System of 7, 35 and 175 talas
  • Appendix 5 - Suggested Listening - Identify vocalists and instrumentalists (Audio clip might be played)
  • Appendix 6 - A few useful technical terms
 
General Information
 
  • Registration: Each student wishing to take the Carnatic Music Certificate Course examination has to register with www.acharyanet.com by paying the appropriate registration fee.
  • Fees are 50USD/1000INR for Level 1 exams and 60USD/1200INR for Level 2 exams of any type.
  • The exams are open to any student at any part of the world but will typically be conducted in collaboration with a local institution or organization.
  • When a minimum number of students have registered in a particular area, the exam will be held at a convenient time.
  • In rare cases, Skype Examination will also be considered.
  • Students will be informed well in advance of the date.
  • Each student has to provide a list of lessons and compositions learnt and questions will be based on that.
  • Students could be quizzed on both the lyrics and swaras of any piece or any part of a piece as also related information such as the arohana-avarohana of the raga, its parent raga, composer (wherever such info has been given).
  • Duration per student would be about 15-30 minutes for practical and theory.
  • Marks will be awarded to all levels of students based on accuracy of pitch, tempo and tala, tonal clarity, pronunciation, raga structure (with gamakas) as well as theoretical knowledge.
  • Level II students will also be graded based on fidelity to sangatis in songs and creativity in alapana and kalpana swaras.
  • Student has to ensure that the sruti is audible to the examiner. Online sruti might pose a problem.
  • This is not an open-book exam.
  • Registration Fees will not be refunded under any circumstances; however a postponement of the exam date will be considered up to ONE month maximum, if circumstances necessitate that.
  • Examiners will be noted musicians and/or gurus and their decisions will be final.
Certification
Certificates will be awarded to each successful candidate, with appropriate grading, based on the performances of students.
Score Grade
  • 90 and above Superior
  • 80-90 Excellent
  • 70-80 Very good
  • 60-70 Good
  • 50-60 Average
  • Below 50- Evolving
A student can take up to 3 exams for any given level and improve upon his or her previous results.