Final exams privately: Possible? Where?
I am an ex-violin student from Italy. I am now 23 yo and I am studying in a University something completely different, and that's the reason for I left the Conservatory some years ago.
I did, with our Italian old Conservatory System, 8 years out of 10, as an internal student. With the old laws, it was also possible to prepare yourself privatly and just go to the Conservatory to take the main exams, which, if passed, would give you the full titles (including the final year Diploma, which was totally equal to the normal one).
Now, as I said, I left some years ago. Conservatory laws are nowadays different. They are -like almost everywhere, i think- now like universities, with 1st level (3 years) and 2nd level (2 years) courses.
As I am not going to be a professional, I wouldn't like to take those courses. On the other hand, having put so much effort in my musical studies, I would like to somehow complete this path with some sort of degree.
Therefor I was wandering if, as far as you know, is there some nation around Europe where I could travel just to take the examinations. As I keeped playing and studying (a bit :D) I am relatively close to an old italian last year exam, and as I am not going to be a professional it is not so important to do so brilliantly or to be a virtuoso. I would just like to close in my mind this learning pathway, and keep my passion knowing that I achieved it.
Do you know some places that could do for my case and/or could you share how it works in the nations where you are from?
Thank you a lot!
Look up ABRSM performance diplomas online. They're UK based but have exam centres in several different places.
In Denmark, there is no age limits in any field of study. Just call them to talk about your situation, may they will guide you.
More generally you might start reading the web sites of various conservatories and look at their policies for changing schools. What would it take for them to acknowledge your credits and how much effort you'd have to put in to be allowed to take the exam? If it looks as if there were openness to your idea you could call or write and describe your specific situation. You may have to take some classes in many cases though.
From your post, it sounds like you just want to do exams and have the piece of paper rather than study university level music, so I would second the ABRSM diplomas which are very international. They cover Australia and US, so I'm sure they do italy). There's info about performance diplomas on their website
People seem to say the LRSM expects a performance level similar to a conservatoire graduate (and DipABRSM that about half way through conservatoire, FRSM at Masters level) though I am not sure the Associated Board itself actually states that anywhere. In any case it only tests performance on one instrument, an actual conservatoire graduate would have had a much richer education most likely including a second instrument, ensemble playing, etc.
@Jonathan, interesting that the often quoted equivalency levels are not actually stated by the ABRSM itself. The nearest I can find is on page 119 of the syllabus that says that the three diplomas are roughly at the standard of CertHE, honours degree and masters degree but are not equivalent in volume. I think this is just to say how it fits into the UK educational structure and not to claim equivalence.