RCM examCongratulations! You have decided to begin training to take the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) examinations. Preparing for and completing these exams will be a challenge, but it can be a very rewarding experience with the proper instruction. Let’s start this journey together and make sure that you achieve your goals!

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WHY COME TO 88KEYS?

Preparation for an RCM exam may feel stressful and overwhelming, no matter your age. Our experienced teachers will guide you as you work toward your goals, helping to keep you feeling confident and motivated as you prepare. Their knowledge and experience in both traditional and non-traditional teaching methods will enrich your overall music learning experience and make preparing work for your RCM exam enjoyable.

WHAT DOES A STUDENT NEED TO KNOW TO COMPLETE AN RCM EXAM?

RCM exam requirements vary depending on the grade you are planning to take. For grades 1-4, a candidate must successfully pass a practical RCM examination. For grades 5 and up, successful completion of both practical and theory RCM exams is required to receive a certificate. Theory examinations will range from basic to intermediate and advanced depending on the student’s level.

Practical Examinations

Practical RCM exam test performance skills: repertoire, studies and technique. Ear training and sight reading requirements are also incorporated to help develop and reinforce solid musicianship skills.

Theory Examinations

Theory RCM exams – designed to complement practical studies – begin at the Grade 5 practical level. Students write them in a formal classroom setting. The Royal Conservatory Examinations theory requirements ensure a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the following subjects:
  • rudiments
  • counterpoint
  • music history
  • harmony
  • analysis

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