RCM Exam Prep: Practical, Theory, History

RCM exams provide an excellent means of enhancing essential musicianship skills that greatly spur progress for musical training. VAM shares a close institutional relationship with the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) that includes its official designation as Vancouver West exam centre.

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RCM Exam Preparation Lesson Package

Instructor: Shirley Lum
Recommended for: For students preparing for RCM Theory and History Exams
Class Time: 60 Minute Online Class 45 Minute Online Class 30 Minute Online Class
Semester Fee:
  • $912
  • $684
  • $456
Class Description: Prepare for test-taking success with VAM's Department Head of RCM Exam Preparation, Shirley Lum. Comprising 12 private lessons scheduled at your convenience, this package will cover essential theory and history topics and exam preparation techniques for intermediate and advanced RCM theory and history examinations. The levels covered in this program are from Grade 9 to ARCT, Harmony, History and Analysis. Lessons may be in-person or online, depending on a mutual agreeable time between teacher and student.

Beginner Theory Level 1

Instructor: Chloe Hurst
Recommended for: Ages 5-6
Class Time: Wednesdays, 4:00-4:45pm Saturdays, 11:00-11:45am
Semester Fee:
  • $360
Class Description: In this introductory course, students will build a foundation for music theory, literacy, and understanding by exploring everything in the world of music from composers around the globe to the fine detail of the notes, rhythms and instruments that make up our musical landscape.

Adult Theory and Ear Training II

Instructor: Taka Shimojima
Recommended for: Adults who have completed Adult Theory & Ear Training, or those with basic knowledge
Class Time: Saturdays, 1:15-2:00pm (13 classes per semester)
Semester Fee:
  • $235
Class Description: Designed for adults with continued interested in developing a strong foundation of musicianship, Adult Theory & Ear Training further introducing students to the fundamental skills of music theory, ear training, and appreciation.  This class runs for 13 weeks.

Beginner Theory Level 2

Recommended for: Ages 6-8
Class Time: to be scheduled at the mutual convenience of teacher and students
Class Description: The perfect companion to practical music studies, Beginner Theory Level 2 introduces students to elements of notation, rhythm, scales, and intervals in small class sizes with a maximum of four. This is a semi-private course that defaults to online delivery.

RCM Music Theory (Online)

Class Description: VAM's private, semi-private, and small group classes in RCM Theory provide an excellent means of enhancing essential musicianship skills that greatly spur progress for instrumental training. VAM shares a close institutional relationship with the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) that includes our official designation as Vancouver West exam centre. This is an online subject, offered through live videoconferencing. Private, semi-private, and small group options available; click  below to begin the registration process.

RCM Music History (Online)

Class Description: VAM's private, semi-private, and small group classes in RCM History provide an excellent means of enhancing essential musicianship skills that greatly spur progress for instrumental training. VAM shares a close institutional relationship with the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) that includes our official designation as Vancouver West exam centre. This is an online subject, offered through live videoconferencing. Private, semi-private, and small group options available; click  below to begin the registration process.