RCM stands for Royal Conservatory Music. Royal Conservatory Music actually started in Canada. It gives students assessments for their music development, accomplishment, and improvement by examinations. And they have been doing the assessments / examinations around the world including United States. Examination’s name has changed a few times. But now it’s called Royal Conservatory Music Development Program. It is classical music examination. There are a lot of levels, about 14 different levels (from primary level through professional levels). Also there are different instruments. But piano has been the most popular one for RCM Development Program. The exams consist with (depending on the level) performance of a piece from a few different classical eras, for example, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary. Also students are required to play 2 or 3 etude pieces. For technical examinations, there are scales, chords, arpeggios, and so on. There are also sight reading (playing), ear training, and rhythm reading and remembering. Written theory examinations are required from level 5 for piano students. Students don’t get to shine or show off like a recital because the exam is held in a room with 1 examiner. There is no huge audience. And a student gets the result online or by email. You don’t hear any clapping. You don’t get flowers 🙁 Sorry…… But I like the quality of the program and materials they use to assess students. I highly recommend it.