RCM Level 9 History Online

This is an online course that will prepare you to take the RCM Level 9 History Online Examination. The examination is online and may be taken at your convenience. You will learn an overview of four historical musical eras; Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern. This course will focus on representative composers and compositions with a heavy emphasis on specifically what is needed to know to succeed on the exam.

When do I need this course?


Students of RCM Level 9 should be learning history in addition to practical lessons. The History Examination is required to obtain the Level 9 certificate.


In addition to Level 9 History, students need to complete RCM Level 9 Harmony and the Level 9 practical exam to receive Level 9 certification.

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Here’s How

RCM Level 9 History

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Online Course Module

The online course will be added to your profile page. There you will see the entire course where you can follow each step from video lessons to quizzes and homework.

Lessons and Extra Help

Each week, students will first view video lessons covering the material for each musical composition. There are quizzes and essay assignments assigned for each era. A multitude of review quizzes will be available towards the end of the course, and the final exam will be your last step before taking the RCM Level 9 Online Examination. Students have seven-day a week access to Stephan Tan in order to ask questions and receive extra help.


Students will be assigned essay homework to help prepare for the written component of the online examination. Essay writing is an important component of the exam, and you will have the personal assistance of Stephan Tan whenever you require it.

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What Exactly Will I Learn?

  • The general musical style and context of four historical musical eras; Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern
  • The lives and musical styles and contributions of representative composers from each era
  • Important works of music composed by the representative composers
  • The ability to discuss musical matters regarding these eras using appropriate terminology
  • The ability to aurally distinguish the music from these respective eras

What Should I Know Before I Start?

For RCM Level 9 History, no prior knowledge is required in order to succeed beyond the musical experience students have already achieved.

Like any history course, you will be expected to memorize a significant amount of information in order to succeed on the online examination. This course has all the resources you will need to not only pass but to excel. Unlike Level 9 Harmony, 90+, even 100% is achievable through the Tan Music History program.

You might be wondering what separates the Tan Music program from other online RCM  History courses. Our course targets the specific information necessary to succeed on the exam. From audio review quizzes to terms and associated composition quizzes to an abundance of essay exercises, students have everything necessary to excel. On top of all this, students have me, Stephan Tan, as their personal assistant throughout the learning process. My personal goal is the success of each student.

Why are there no weekly live classes?

Because the online examination can be taken anytime, students have the flexibility to begin this course at a time that is convenient. It will not be necessary to wait until the start of a new online theory session. This course is easy to follow and the necessary knowledge for the exam is clearly emphasized.

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