Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations

The OSMPA prepares and guides students through the Royal Conservatory Certificate program for all ages and levels.

*Currently, all Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations are held online. OSMPA guides and prepares students for all online examinations.*

Practical: These examinations evaluate the performance of repertoire, etudes or vocalises, technical tests, aural skills, sight reading/singing, and orchestral excerpts for strings, brass, and wind instruments. 

Theory: These examinations evaluate the understanding of building blocks of music, from the basics of notation at the Elementary levels to structural and harmonic analysis at the Advanced levels. 

The Royal Conservatory Certificate Program is a comprehensive system of music study and assessment from Elementary to Advanced Levels. A Certificate of Achievement can be earned at each level of study from the Royal Conservatory by successfully completing the requirements for that level.

The benefits of examinations:

  • Provides an opportunity for students to track their progress
  • Encourage goal setting
  • Promote well-rounded musical training

What to Expect at an Examination

  • An objective assessment of your student's skill for that level
  • A friendly yet professional environment 
  • Personalized feedback and marks
  • Results available online

Earn Secondary School Credits

  • Every province in Canada awards secondary school credits for the
How to prepare for Examination
1. Speak with your teacher and student and discuss the goals for completion of examinations
2. Set small, weekly goals to help you achieve bigger goals
3. Take time with your teacher to choose the right repertoire for you!
4. Include at least one student favourite from the popular list for variety! 
5. Plan a run-through exam. 
6. Don't focus on marks — focus on the music!


Through the integrated curriculum, students will study repertoire from classical to contemporary, as well as etudes, musicianship skills, technique, and theory. 


Practical Requirements
Practical Certificate  Examination Required
Preparatory A (piano only) Preparatory A Practical
Preparatory B (piano only)  Preparatory B Practical 
Level 1 Level 1 Practical 
Level 2 Level 2 Practical 
Level 3 Level 3 Practical 
Level 4 Level 4 Practical
Comprehensive Certificate Examinations Required
Level 5 

Level 5 practical

Level 5 Theory

Level 6 

Level 6 Practical

Level 6 Theory

Level 7

Level 7 Practical

Level 7 Theory

Level 8 

Level 8 Practical 

Level 8 Theory

Level 9 

Level 9 Practical

Level 8 Theory

Level 9 History

Level 9 Harmony

Level 10

Level 10 Practical

Level 8 Theory

Level 9 History

Level 9 Harmony

Level 10 History

Level 10 Harmony & Counterpoint


Theory Requirements
Theory Certificate Examination Required 
Level 5 Level 5 Theory
Level 6 Level 6 Theory
Level 7 Level 7 Theory
Level 8  Level 8 Theory
Level 9 

Level 9 History

Level 9 Harmony

Level 10 

Level 10 History

Level 10 Harmony and Counterpoint

We look forward to leading you on your musical journey! Book a free consultation and get to know how OSMPA can make a difference in your students' musical journey.