About this Course


This is an online self study course which prepares students for the RCM Level 5 written or remote theory examination and it is designed for students ages 12 or older who want to take the exam or gain a foundation for subsequent levels. The recommended prerequisite is RCM Level 4 theory but it is not required. As Level 5 is the entry level for the RCM theory exam program, it can function as a "jump-in" level for students who have not previously taken theory but who have basic theory knowledge from their practical lessons.

Note that this version does not include marking of assignments or teacher feedback. For the same course with included marking, please see Level 5 Theory Plus.

What's Included


Video Tutorials

Self-Checking Quizzes

PDF Notes and Exercises

Embedded YouTube Videos

Final Review Test

Answer File

Teacher Support


Recommended Add-On Purchase


Students preparing for the RCM remote exam are advised to purchase this additional resource from Gold Medal Music Education. These self-checking digital task cards are formatted in the style of the RCM remote exam and are an ideal tool for review and pre-exam practice.

Visit the Gold Medal Music Education store at Boom Learning or TeachersPayTeachers to preview and purchase the Level 5 course bundle.

Benefits of Online Learning


These course allow students to:

  • Learn in the comfort of their own home
  • Choose when they want to study
  • Work at their own pace
  • Access content anytime on any device


Course Curriculum


  Course Information and Materials
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  Notes on the Staff
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  Ledger Lines
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  Accidentals
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  Chromatic and Diatonic Half Steps
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  Whole Tones and Enharmonic Notes
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  Terms and Signs: Set One
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  Note Values
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  Flags and Beams
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  Relative Note Values
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  Rests
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  Dots and Ties
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  Quarter Time
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  Simple Time
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  Note Groupings in Simple Time
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  Incomplete Measures and Triplets
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  Grouping Rests
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  6/8 Time
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  Grouping Rests in 6/8 Time
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  Terms and Signs: Set Two
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  Music History Part One: "The Hallelujah Chorus"
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  Major Keys
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  Writing Major Scales
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  Scale Degree Names
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  Minor Keys
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  Writing Minor Scales
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  Parallel Keys and Scales
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  Terms and Signs: Set Three
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  Key Recognition
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  Music History Part Two: "Queen of the Night Aria"
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  Major and Perfect Intervals
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  Minor Intervals
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  Terms and Signs: Set Four
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  Transposition
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  Terms and Signs: Set Five
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  Melody Writing
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  Music History Part Three: "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"
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  Triads
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  Writing Triads with Accidentals
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  Chord Symbols for Triads
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  Triad Positions
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  Dominant Seventh Chords
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  Terms and Signs: Set Six
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  Analysis
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  Assess Your Learning
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  Post-Course Drill and Review
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Frequently Asked Questions


Who is this course for?

This course is geared toward SELF-DIRECTED LEARNERS AGES 12 - ADULT and covers everything you need to know for the Level 5 RCM theory exam. It is also suitable for non-exam candidates who want to acquire solid prerequisite knowledge for higher RCM theory levels.


When does the course start and finish?

You determine the schedule. This is a completely SELF-PACED online course and you can re-watch videos, retake quizzes and redo exercises as many times as you wish.


What prerequisites are needed for this course?

NONE. Student should have a solid understanding of basic notation and rhythm such as would be acquired with an RCM Level 3 study of an instrument or voice. Although it is recommended that students complete the RCM elementary theory levels (Preparatory - Level 4) before taking Level 5 theory, it is not compulsory.


How long do I have access to the course?

After enrolling, you have LIFETIME, UNLIMITED access to this course across any and all of the devices you own.


Is marking included with this course?

No. This is a SELF-STUDY course in which students mark their own work with the answers provided in the "Course Materials" section. For the same course with marking included, purchase the "Plus" version.


What if need help?

If you have a question just send an email to [email protected] and you should receive a reply within 24 hours.


What if I am unhappy with the course?

We would NEVER want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us within 7 days of your purchase and a full refund will be issued.


About the Instructor

Lynne Stenlund, BA, ARCT, RMT, Certified RCM Teacher as Advanced Specialist in Piano and Theory


Hi, I'm Lynne and I'm a qualified, experienced, registered music teacher who has been preparing students for RCM exams for more than 40 years. Students using my course materials have received high marks on their exams, most getting First Class Honours with Distinction and there's even been some perfect scores. It gives me great satisfaction to assist students in realizing their RCM goals and I would love to help you reach yours!