RCM Theory Courses

rcm-logoPreparation for the Royal Conservatory of Music Theory Examinations

Our Theory courses follow the Syllabus of the Royal Conservatory of Music. 

RCM theory is the theoretical component of the RCM system. It is a written exam, separate from the practical, played exam.

Starting at Grade 5, the RCM has a theory co-requisite involved in the grade. Each theory grade must be completed along with the practical exam for the certificate to be issued. 

Why take theory exams?

fhmc rcm theory banner-sm4Although students receive their practical mark and examiners comments, they will not receive the certificate unless the theory co-requisite is completed.

Although the Grade 5 practical examination has the Grade 5 theory component as co-requisite, it is strongly recommended for students to start learning about Theory before then (as early as Grade 3), as the knowledge acquired is fully transferable and should be integrated in the practical preparation of studies and repertoire material.


Please calls us for courses' dates and times: 613-731-1379

About the Instructor

gab2Gabriela Sztein is the Yamaha Music School Director. She completed her degree in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy. She pursued her studies and obtained her Masters in Music Theory at the University of Ottawa, where she also taught Ear-Training and Dictation/Solfège for ten years.

Gabriela has been teaching Piano in group as well as private settings, from beginners to advanced students, for more than twenty five years. All the Theory courses offered at this school are taught by her, with perfect passing success rate.

Gabriela acted as Assistant Director at Ottawa’s Yamaha Music School since 2005, and became Director of the Music School in 2011. Mentoring a new generation of piano teachers became one of Gabriela’s most enjoyable responsibilities, along with her teaching of Piano and Theory, and the preparation of students for the Kiwanis Music Festival.