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RCM Exams:

What are RCM exams?

The Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto has a curriculum of progressive grade levels.

Study at each grade level culminates in a practical and theory examination.

What is required for an RCM exam?

RCM exams evaluate students based on the following criteria:

  1. Bullet    The performance of a selection of pieces from different time periods.  (These

        should be memorized)

  1. Bullet    The performance of one (or two) studies (depending on the grade level).  These

        need not be memorized.

  1. Bullet    A variety of technical tests (scales, chords, arpeggios, etc.)

  2. Bullet    A sight reading passage (appropriate for the grade level)

  3. Bullet    A rhythmic sight passage (appropriate for the grade level)

  4. Bullet    A series of ear tests (appropriate for the grade level)

For a more detailed list of requirements for each grade, please see the RCM Syllabus (2008


What are the benefits of taking an RCM exam?

RCM exams provide students with the opportunity to:

  1. Bullet    Work towards a goal

  2. Bullet    Consolidate a broad range of musical skills,  (i.e. performance, memorization,

        technique, sight reading, ear training, etc.)

  1. Bullet    Receive insight and feedback about their playing from a professional (other than

        their studio teacher)

  1. Bullet    Benefit from the added structure the RCM examinations system can provide their

        musical studies

  1. Bullet    Practice performance skills

  2. Bullet    High school students may receive credits towards their diploma if they complete

        their Gr. and/or Gr. 8 practical exams (as well as the theory co-requisites).