About this Course


This is an online self study course which prepares students for the RCM Level 8 witten or remote theory examination and it is designed for self-directed students ages 12 or older who want to take the exam or gain a foundation for subsequent levels. The prerequisite is a solid understanding of the RCM Level 7 material.

Note that this version does not include marking of assignments or teacher feedback. For the same course with included marking, please see Level 8 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 8 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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  C Clefs
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  Review of Whole Steps, Half Steps and Accidentals
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  Terms and Signs: Set One
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  Short and Open Score
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  Music History Part One: Medieval Music
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  Review of Simple and Compound Time
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  Hybrid Time
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  Review of Irregular Note Groupings
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  Grouping Rests
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  Terms and Signs: Set Two
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  Key Signatures
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  Review of Major and Minor Scales
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  Modes
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  Review of Other Scales
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  Review of Key Recognition
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  Music History Part Two: Medieval Music
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  Review of Intervals
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  Review of Writing Intervals
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  Inversion of Intervals
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  Naming Compound Intervals
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  Writing Compound Intervals
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  Inversion of Compound Intervals
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  Terms and Signs: Set Three
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  Review of Transposition
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  Transposition of Orchestral Instruments
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  Music History Part Three: Renaissance Music
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  Triad Qualities and Chord Symbols
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  Review of Triad Positions and Identification
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  Review of Dominant Sevenths
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  Review of Diminished Sevenths
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  Review of Open Position Seventh Chords
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  20th Century Chords
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  Terms and Signs: Set Four
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  Identifying Cadences
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  Review of Writing Cadences in Keyboard Style
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  Writing Cadences in Chorale Style
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  Writing Cadences Below Melody Notes
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  Music History Part Four: Global Music
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  Review of Non-Chord Notes
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  Composing a Contrasting Period
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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 7 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?

Students taking this course should have a solid understanding of RCM LEVEL 7 THEORY.


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!