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 higher level exams of any type.
The exam is open to any student at any part of the world but will typically be conducted in collaboration with a local institution or organization.
Typically, the examination will be conducted online via Skype.
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 of the examination per student would be about 15-30 minutes for practical and theory.
Marks will be awarded to the student based on accuracy of pitch, tempo and Tala, tonal clarity, pronunciation, Raga structure (with Gamakas) as well as theoretical knowledge.
For advance level, students will also be graded based on fidelity to Sangatis in songs and creativity in Alapana and Kalpana Swaras.
Students have 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.