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The Licentiate of The Royal Conservatory (LRCM) in Piano Performance is the culmination of the The Royal Conservatory program. The examination is evaluated as a professional concert performance. Candidates are expected to demonstrate a masterful command of the instrument and communicate an understanding of stylistic characteristics and structural elements of each repertoire selection with interpretive insight and a mature musical personality. Two years of preparation following the ARCT in Piano Performance examination is recommended before attempting the LRCM in Piano Performance examination.

LRCM examinations will be evaluated by two senior members of the College of Examiners. Candidates will receive a written critique of their performance along with an overall mark.

Candidates must achieve an Honors standing (at least 70 percent) in order to be awarded an LRCM diploma.



ARCT in Piano Performance diploma


Candidates who hold a degree in music, or another equivalent, may be eligible for exemptions (please consult syllabus for further detail)

For further information on examination requirements and policies please consult the Syllabus.

How to Register

Complete and submit the following forms:

Applications will only be processed once proposed program is reviewed and approved by the Academic Office. Once approved, a member of Candidate Services will contact the applicant with further instructions.

Completed registration forms must be submitted by email: candidateservices@rcmusic.ca, fax: 416.408.3151, or by mail to:

The Royal Conservatory Examinations
273 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON, M5S 1W2

If you have further questions about registering for the Licentiate Examination, please contact Candidate Services at (800) 461-6058.