Royal Conservatory Examination Preparation

The Royal Conservatory has been the standard for musical education in Canada since 1886.

The Royal Conservatory offers a graded, curriculum that establishes clear, progressive learning goals. Students gain a sense of pride and accomplishment as their successes build within the program.

The graded Piano Repertoire books encompass early elementary to advanced levels. The repertoire comprises a carefully selected grouping of pieces from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th and 21st Century style periods.

Levels in the RCM curriculum:

Preparatory Level:  
Levels A, B, 1, 2, 3 and 4: Elementary  Certificates
Levels 5, 6, 7 and 8: Intermediate Certificates
Levels 9 and 10: Advanced Certificates
ARCT: Teacher or Performance Diploma

When preparing for a Royal Conservatory Examination, students should have all repertoire pieces and studies memorized six weeks ahead of the scheduled examination date.  Also, all technical requirements should be thoroughly learned and committed to memory six weeks ahead of the scheduled examination date.  This way, we are afforded enough time to polish and gain confidence in performing the work before we actually perform it at the examination.

For this year’s RCM Examination Dates and Registration Deadlines – click here

Classification of Marks:

First Class Honors with Distinction 90-100
First Class Honors 80-89
Honors 70-79
Pass (Grades 1 to 10) 60
Pass (ARCT in Piano Performance) 70
Pass (ARCT in Piano Pedagogy) 70 percent in each section

Ocean Park Piano offers RCM Examination Preparation classes in the Ocean Park community of White Rock / South Surrey. Please contact me if you have questions about examinations or the most appropriate level for your child. To learn more about the Royal Conservatory of Music, click here.

To register your child for a RCM Examination, the first step is to go to the RCM website and sign up for an account. Start here

Piano, Harmony, Theory, Counterpoint, and Royal Conservatory of Music Exam Prep in South Surrey, BC