Mastery provides theory classes that serve as preparation for Royal Conservatory of Music or Conservatory Canada examinations. The theory classes are organized in three groups: Musicianship (levels Prep through 5), Intermediate Theory (RCM levels 5 through 8), and Advanced Theory (RCM level 9 through ARCT Harmony and History).

The Musicianship classes will use RCM elementary theory books and serve the purpose of accelerating the learning of beginning students, especially in note reading and ear training. These classes are designed to go hand-in-hand with private instrument lessons and it is a requirement that students take both a private lesson and a theory class together.

Now available for every level of the Royal Conservatory Certificate Program, from elementary to advanced, the Celebrate Theory program will build music literacy from the very first lesson and deepen students’ enjoyment and understanding of the music they hear and play. By integrating music theory with practical study, students develop well-rounded musicianship skills in an interactive and engaging way.


The Mastery Musicianship Program is organized into five levels plus four preparatory levels, as follows:

  • Musicianship A (ages 5-6 years)
  • Musicianship B (ages 6-7 years)
  • Musicianship Prep (ages 5-6 years)
  • Musicianship Prep/1 (ages 7 years and up)
  • Musicianship 1
  • Musicianship 2
  • Musicianship 3
  • Musicianship 4
  • Musicianship 5

Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) Theory, at the examination level, is organized in the following fashion:

Intermediate Theory

(both practical and theory exam based and required with each corresponding practical level)

  • Level Five
  • Level Six
  • Level Seven
  • Level Eight

Advanced Theory

  • Level Nine – harmony and history
  • Level Ten – harmony and counterpoint, and history
  • ARCT (diploma in performance or teaching) – harmony and counterpoint, analysis and history

RCM Examinations occur three times a year: December, May, and August. To register and/or for more information, please visit https://www.rcmusic.com/learning/examinations

The Celebrate Theory RCM syllabus is available here.

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