Royal Conservatory of Music Certificate Program

New Announcement: Encore is proud to announce that our very own Mia Quinn has won the Gold Medal of Achievement for her level across the whole Royal Conservatory of Music Program! Well done Mia!


Encore Music Academy and Recording Studios is proud to be a Founding School and Test Center for the Royal Conservatory of Music Certificate Program.

The Royal Conservatory of Music Certificate Program provides a recognized national standard of success in music study from beginner to advanced levels.  It inspires excellence through individual student assessments that are central to the Program, while also supporting teachers with high-quality and innovative resources. RCM allows students to measure and celebrate accomplishment and track their progress withing the United States, but also throughout the world..  All students and teachers, globally, are invited to participate, and Encore Music Academy is proud to offer these opportunities here, and through outreach to the surrounding communities.

Why Study the Program?

See what the Conservatory says regarding why this program is so important!

The Royal Conservatory Certificate Program is a comprehensive system of music study and assessment from Elementary through to Advanced levels. In many countries, it is considered the gold standard for developing high-calibre musical literacy.

At each level of the RCM Certificate Program, students are supported with accompanying publications to help them develop into well-rounded musicians. With a focus on nurturing creativity and developing self-confidence, our program allows students to work at their own pace.

Our integrated curriculum encompasses repertoire from classical to contemporary, as well as etudes, ear tests, sight reading, technique, and theory for over 20 instruments, voice, and speech arts and drama. Individual student examinations, delivered by one of our 300+ accredited examiners, enable students to track their progress and celebrate their accomplishments.

Our Role

Encore is an official and accredited Testing Center for the RCM Certificate Program. This means that students studying the program, from as far as Maine and Vermont, travel to our location to take their assessments.

RCM Assessments

Examinations are used to periodically measure a student’s progress as they navigate the program and it’s levels. Exams have multiple benefits including promoting student engagement, and offering an incentive for student practice and achievement. Participants are graded on proficiency in the following areas: performance; technical requirements; aural skills; rhythm; and, sight-reading ability. Examinations are available for both Practical (performance) and Theory (written).

Check out RCM’s website information regarding the official examinations:

Practical examinations evaluate the performance of repertoire, etudes or vocalises, aural skills, sight reading or singing, and orchestral excerpts for string, brass, and wind instruments.

Theory examinations evaluate the understanding of theory basics such as musical notation. Advanced levels include harmony, counterpoint, analysis, and history.

The Benefits of Exams

  • Build self-confidence
  • Encourage goal setting
  • Provide a national standard for students to track their progress
  • Promote well-rounded musical training

What to Expect at an Examination

  • An objective assessment of the student’s skill for that level
  • A friendly yet professional atmosphere
  • Personalized feedback and marks available online within a few weeks

For more information, see RCM’s Examination Resources for Students if you are signed up for an Exam or thinking about signing up, and would like some more information!

Student Achievement

Why take an assessment? Recognition of accomplishment!

There are multiple opportunities to win medals, honors and certificates. Levels of achievement are determined by the following scale:

First Class Honors with Distinction: An assessment score of 90 to 100.

First Class Honors: An assessment score of 80 to 89.

Honors: An assessment score of 70 to 79.

Pass: An assessment score of 60 to 69.

Encore Music Academy’s Latest Honors:

First Class Honors with Distinction

Claire Bauer – Voice Level 6, age 14, Franklin

Maura Johnston – Voice Level 2, age 15, Norfolk

Alyssa McGuirl – Voice Level 1, age 9, Millis

Mia Quinn – Voice level 1, age 11, Franklin

First Class Honors

Arnav Deshpande – Piano Level 2, age 11, Franklin

Reilly Guilmartin – Piano Level 1, age 10, Medway

Bableen Gill – Piano Level 1, age 11, Franklin

Julia Orff – Voice Level 4, age 15, Mendon

Logan Tetreault – Piano Preparatory B, age 9, Northbridge

Timothy Reda – Voice Level 3, age 11, Millis

Sunehri Verma – Theory Level 5, age 9, Franklin

Anne Wu – Voice level 3, age 11, Shrewsbury

Deeya Yadapadithaya – Voice Level 5, age 13, Medfield

Iain Yarbrough – Piano Level 2, age 15, Wrentham


Andrea Cabochan – Piano Level 2, age 12, Medfield

Samyuktha Chaganti – Piano Level 3, age 12, Franklin

Ella Griffin – Piano Level 3, age 11, Franklin

Hannah Laurence – Piano Level 4, age 11, Franklin

Meghan Laurence – Voice Level 6, age 13, Mendon

Justin McElhiney – Piano Level 4, age 18, Medway