Learn Level 5 RCM Theory!

Everything you need to know to successfully pass the Royal Conservatory of Music's Level 5 Theory Exam. This course does not include Answers or teacher assessment.  It is designed for students working under the supervision of a teacher who will mark the exercises and provide feedback and/or supplementary information. 

  • Video Lessons which explain the required material and provide methods and examples for completing the corresponding assignments
  • Printable PDF Files for every lesson (143 pages in total) with the lesson notes and exercises 
  • Final Test in the style of the RCM examination
  • Interactive Flashcards to quiz your knowledge
  • Integrated Video Resources for the music appreciation component
  • Quick Reference Sheet (PDF)

Note that his same course is available as a self-study course as the Level 5 Theory Complete Version and as an assessed course with instructor Lynne Stenlund as the Level 5 Theory Plus Version.

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Notes on the Staff
Ledger Lines
Whole Steps and Enharmonic Notes
Terms and Signs Set 1
Note Values
Flags and Beams
Relative Note Values
Dots and Ties
Quarter Time

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements for this course?

None! Level 5 Theory is the first examination offered by the Royal Conservatory of Music and is considered the "jump-in" level if you've never taken theory before. Although completion of the previous levels (Preparatory - Level 4) or other previous theory study is helpful, it is not necessary.

Who is this course for?

Students, working under the supervision of a teacher, who are interested in taking the Level 5 RCM examination or who want to lay a foundation of study for higher levels.

For what age is this course appropriate?

It is recommended for students ages 12 and up but it also suitable for younger children who work under the supervision of an adult.

How long do I have to finish the course?

This is up to your teacher. Some teachers require students to complete the lessons according to a set schedule and others allow students to set the pace and timeline for completion.

How long do I have access to the course?

Forever! Once you've enrolled and paid, you'll have access to the course material for as long as you need.

What if I'm unhappy with my purchase?

I don't want you to be unhappy! If you are dissatisfied with the course, just email me within 7 days and I will send you a full refund.

I still have a question, how can I contact you?

I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Send me an email at