Study Any RCM Theory Course Right From Your Home
Tan Music Academy is a leading provider of online RCM Theory requirements. Learn Theory, Harmony, History, or Analysis right from the comfort of your own home!
Fulfilling your RCM Theory requirements doesn't have to be costly and inconvenient.
As a music student, it's important to take your theory requirements for RCM certification seriously. Finding a good teacher to guide you from the early levels through Levels 9, 10, and ARCT can be difficult.
Many times, I'm approached by students or parents in large or small communities who are having difficulties finding a suitable teacher who can teach not only Intermediate Theory, but also advanced courses such as harmony and analysis. Many programs they have found are either extremely costly or don't fit with their schedule.
Other times I encounter students who are quite far along in their practical lessons but have fallen behind in their theory requirements. Perhaps they're on track to finish Level 10 or even ARCT soon but need to get going with the theory requirements.
And in many cases, I'm approached by students who are currently taking RCM music theory courses, but the progress is so painfully slow that years have passed before even a couple of levels have been completed. The course fees are really adding up and they are eager to see some tangible progress in their learning.
As both a music teacher and a parent, I understand incredibly well about the challenges in music education. It's difficult enough to deal with the practical lessons, but thinking about the theory requirements can be very intimidating.
Tan Music Academy Online RCM Theory
Tan Music Academy provides every theory course required by the RCM for certification in any level. From our Intermediate Theory courses for Levels 5-8 to Levels 9, 10, or ARCT Harmony and History to even ARCT Analysis, our courses are affordable and convenient. Most of all, they're incredibly effective!
Here’s What You’ll Get When You Sign Up
You'll get access to all the course materials for your appropriate course. Our online learning module guides you through each course in an easy-to-follow manner with weekly lessons, tests and quizzes for history as well as a wealth of further learning material such as textbooks, answer keys, and examination practice.
But best of all, for Harmony and Analysis, you also get a weekly live online tutorial where topics are reinforced and where you'll get a chance to ask any questions!
Each course consists of an online learning module where the topics are introduced in a convenient, easy-to-follow manner.
From textbooks to practice exams to answer keys and a wealth of supplemental learning materials, you'll have everything you need to succeed!
Included for all Harmony and Analysis courses, you will have the opportunity to participate in a weekly live tutorial. Have questions? Ask away!
As a member of the RCM College of Examiners for Theory, Stephan Tan will provide you with personal guidance with unique insight.
Here’s what people are saying about our program
We've helped countless students not only achieve fine exam results, we've also helped many achieve their ARCT diploma.
Port Coquitlam, BC
A Huge Thank You!
Thank you so much for teaching me theory over the years! I wanted you to know that I've been able to get my ARCT diploma and I couldn't have done it without your help.
Fast, effective instruction
My son, Joshua, had to do his Grade 10 History very quickly. With Stephan's help, he not only managed to finish it in four weeks time, he got a 98%! He is a fantastic and caring teacher who teaches with high efficency and makes learning the material fun.
My daughter has studied with Stephan on RCME theory for over 2 years and passed every one of them with good marks. Stephan is an awesome, professional and patient teacher all along the way. He always makes himself readily available to answer students' questions instead of making them wait until next class. He is excellent in bringing out key components of a subject to students. Thank you for sharing your gift of teaching with us!
How it works
Levels 9 through ARCT courses consist of a few components
Each week, students will be required to view some required video lessons discussing the various topics of their respective courses. The lessons teach the content relevant for that particular week. Each course runs for approximately 12 weeks.
Live Tutorials (Harmony and Analysis)
Once the video lessons are viewed, students will be expected to review the material and make a note of any areas of difficulty. These questions may be asked during the live weekly course. All tutorials are recorded for convenient future viewing.
Each week there are homework assignments students must complete and submit. These are harmony or analysis assignments, essays and quizzes for history and more.
From here, students will review the corrections carefully and make notes on elements they still may have questions about. These may be asked at anytime throughout the week or at the next live Harmony or Analysis tutorial. Then we do it all over again for the next week!
About Stephan Tan
Stephan Tan has been teaching music theory online and in the GTA for over 25 years. He holds a Bachelor and Masters degree in History and Theory from the University of Toronto and he is a member of the College of Examiners in Theory with the RCM.
Music Theory is his passion and he thoroughly enjoys sharing his knowledge with students of any level.
Another review about our instructor
Mr. Tan taught all three of my children. I cannot thank him and praise him enough for what he was able to do for my kids. He’s helped them complete all of the theoretical requirements for the Associate Diploma (ARCT), one of RCM’s highest academic standings, in a timely and cost-effective manner. More importantly their learning experience has been very pleasant. Mr. Tan is very knowledgeable and patient. He has a positive attitude and attends to the unique needs of his students, with the goal of helping them learn the material as easily as possible. He also understands the challenges of students juggling regular school work with their music studies, thus he answers questions and gives feedback in a timely manner. Overall, I highly recommend Mr. Tan and his online courses if you are looking for expert teaching in a convenient and enjoyable learning environment.
Kaitlyn Chou at RCM convocation
Highly Convenient, Highly Effective, Highly Affordable
From video lessons, live tutorials, constant feedback, and personal guidance from start to finish, Tan Music Academy offers the most affordable and competitive pricing for RCM Theory courses around. Our course fees range from $135 for Level 5 Theory to $398 for ARCT Harmony.
Level 5: $135
Level 6: $145
Level 7: $165
Level 8: $175
harmony And Analysis
Level 9 Harmony: $357
Level 10 Harmony: $387
ARCT Harmony: $398
ARCT Analysis: $398
Level 9 History: $260
Level 10 History: $272
ARCT History: $285
Check Out These Recent Results!
Chloe Yip, Richmond Hill ON ARCT History – 94
Isaac Hernando, Stettler AB ARCT Analysis – 88
Amy Tang, Mississauga ON Level 10 Harmony – 90
Grant Li, Mississauga ON ARCT Harmony – 86
Kevin Zhu, Calgary AB Level 10 History – 90
Carissa Balagot, Mississauga ON Level 9 Harmony – 92
Sophia Liao, Kelowna BC Level 9 History – 86
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Frequently Asked Questions
When do the live tutorials take place?
Consult the schedule here for the live tutorial times and take place no earlier than 7pm. All times are in Eastern Time.
How many weeks long is each session?
Each session runs for approximately 12 weeks.
What if I can't make the live tutorial?
If you are unable to attend a session, or are unable to attend any of the sessions, every live tutorial is recorded and posted to your shared resource folder. They may be viewed anytime at your convenience. However, homework will still be due at the appropriate time.
Is this enough time to learn the topics?
Yes. It will take a lot of work and study, but this time frame is ample time to be prepared. Considering there are courses available in person at the RCM during the summer that last for 4 weeks, 12 weeks is definitely a good time frame.
Is it possible to complete the courses without attending the live tutorials?
Yes it is. Each tutorial is recorded and posted. Even if you do not attend the live class, the tutorials should still be viewed each week. You even have access to the live recordings from previous sessions!
What online meeting platform do you use for the live tutorials?
At present, I use ClickMeeting for all online live classes. Through this platform, students may hear me speak, view the textbook onscreen and watch as I complete exercises and examples right on the screen.
A message from Stephan Tan
I'd like to thank you sincerely for taking the time to consider my program. Learning theory doesn't have to be costly and inconvenient. I want you to know that I've designed my program with you, the busy parent or student, in mind. You can learn Level 5 theory as well as advanced topics like harmony or analysis right from the comfort of your own home, and I'm eager to help you achieve your goals.
I wish you the best of luck on your music theory adventure!