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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

Fall/Winter Theory and Composition 

While we have listed RCM levels below, the Beckett School at Laurier can accommodate teaching theory within any system including but not limited to Conservatory Canada or lessons tailored to university preparation. 

Individual and group instruction is available. Classes are held in studio 12D, Beckett School at Laurier, 190 Lester Street, Waterloo. Due to COVID-19, theory classes may be delivered using an online format. Required workbooks are included in the cost of each group class ($20 value) and will be provided to students.

RCM Exams

It is the student's responsibility to register for RCM exams before the registration deadline. 

  • Winter Exam Dates: Friday, Dec. 11 and Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020
    • Registration deadline: Tuesday Nov. 3, 2020
  • Spring Exam Dates: Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15, 2021
    • Registration deadline: Tuesday, Mar. 2, 2021

Level Assessment

All incoming students will be required to complete a diagnostic assessment to determine suitable grade level. Our instructor reserves the right to place student in the grade most suitable. Due to the nature of the course content, all material must be covered for each grade before a student can move on to the next level. Students do not have to write exams for each grade, they only need to cover material. For example, students wishing to complete level 8 will be expected to be proficient with level 7 material.

Students who have not had previous theory instruction may join the Beginner Theory Prep Class.  This class will cover course material from RCM Levels 1-4 in preparation for the intermediate level classes.

RCM Levels 6 and 8, History 9 and Harmony 10 classes will be delivered February to May 2021.

Fall Theory Sessions

RCM Celebrate Theory Level 5

  • Time: Tuesdays, 7:00 - 7:50 p.m.
  • Dates: Tuesday, Sept. 22 to Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020
  • Tuition: $295 (Cost includes Level 5 Workbook, plus 12 classes)

RCM Celebrate Theory Level 7

  • Time: Wednesdays, 7:00 - 7:50 p.m.
  • Dates: Wednesday, Sept. 23 to Wednesday, December 9, 2020
  • Tuition: $295 (Cost includes Level 7 Workbook, plus 12 classes)

Beginner Theory Prep Class (Covers RCM Levels 1-4)

  • Time: Thursdays, 7:00 - 7:50 p.m.
  • Dates: Thursday, Sept. 24 to Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020
  • Tuition: $295 (Cost includes Elementary Rudiments Workbook, plus 12 classes)

Winter Theory Sessions

RCM Celebrate Theory Level 6

  • Time: Tuesdays, 7:00 - 7:50 p.m.
  • Dates: Tuesday, Feb. 16 to Tuesday, May 11, 2021
  • Tuition: $295 (Cost includes Level 6 Workbook, plus 12 classes)

RCM Celebrate Theory Level 8

  • Time: Wednesdays, 7:00 - 7:50 p.m.
  • Dates: February 17 to May 12, 2021
  • Tuition: $295 (Cost includes Level 8 Workbook, plus 12 classes)

Keyboard Harmony


  • Peter Nikiforuk
  • Terry Kroetsch
  • Colin Labadie

Recognizing Experience

Students who complete certain practical and theory requirements may be eligible to receive secondary school credit or a Royal Conservatory Certificate.

Secondary School Credit

The value of Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations is recognized by our Ontario Ministry of Education. Students who complete the following practical and theory requirements may receive up to two high school credit. 

Contact Us:

Beckett School at Laurier

T: 519.578.3640

Laurier location: 190 Lester St., Waterloo

South Kitchener location: 68 Biehn Dr., Kitchener


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