The Certificate Program Curriculum

Embraced by more than 40,000 teachers and motivating over 500,000 students to participate in music-making each year

The Certificate Program is designed to inspire students with a focus on awakening enthusiasm, motivating deeper engagement, empowering artistic expression, acknowledging accomplishments and celebrating achievement.

With the objective of developing well-rounded musicianship, the curriculum addresses all the essential elements of musical training including:

Physical Development

Developing comfort and ease in playing an instrument or singing allows students to effectively transform notes on the page into beautiful sound.  Students are guided to prepare patterns such as scales, chords, and arpeggios in a series of keys to build a solid foundation that will allow them to flourish as musicians.

Aural Development

Learning to listen while performing and practicing is one of the most important aspects of musicianship.  Students are guided to identify fundamental elements such as intervals, chords, cadences, and rhythmic patterns, which supports the development of critical listening skills, and contributes to successful self-assessment as part of the learning process, as well as a deeper appreciation of music.

Musical Literacy

Building knowledge and understanding of the musical language will lead to lifelong enjoyment of music-making.  Students are guided to acquire the skills that will enable them to learn music efficiently and, ultimately, independently.

Performance Skills

Studying repertoire in a wide range of styles and genres, and polishing it for performance and assessment, are essential to mastering musicianship skills, nurturing creativity, and developing self-confidence.

Join the growing community of teachers, students, and families who are discovering the benefits of The Royal Conservatory Certificate Program as it enriches their lives.


  • Available for 21 different instruments plus voice
  • Ten Levels (1 – 10), plus Preparatory / Introductory Levels and Professional ARCT (Associate of The Royal Conservatory) designations
  • Includes technical requirements, etudes, repertoire, ear training and sight reading at each level 
  • Includes the academic subjects of foundational theory, harmony, counterpoint, analysis, and history
  • Formal third-party assessments at each level provide an important check point, allowing musical progress to be evaluated and celebrated