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Course Information

Course Information

Discover how to instill a lifelong love of music in your elementary-level string students. 

This guided online course follows a 10-week schedule and provides 40 hours of instruction from leading pedagogues, including Martin Beaver, Rebecca Henry, and Barry Shifman. New teachers will gain a solid foundation in teaching at the Elementary levels, with a focus on exploring the RCM Violin Syllabus and Series from Preparatory through to Level 4. Seasoned professionals will connect with a network of up to 25 like-minded peers and have opportunities to share teaching challenges and successes during weekly discussions. Participants will gain valuable insights, build a summative portfolio based on course assignments, and receive a certificate to display in the teaching studio. Course graduates who submit at least two successful string exam candidates at the required levels within two years of course completion and who have achieved RCM Level 8 or equivalent will be eligible to receive RCM Certified Teacher status at no additional cost.

Course Breakdown

Required Course Materials 

The course materials required for The RCM Elementary Online Strings Teacher Course can be purchased from the RCM Online Bookstore. 

Violin Series, 2021 Edition: Preparatory Repertoire

Violin Series, 2021 Edition: Repertoire 1

Violin Series, 2021 Edition: Repertoire 2

Violin Series, 2021 Edition: Repertoire 3

Violin Series, 2021 Edition: Repertoire 4

Violin Series, 2021 Edition: Violin Technique, Etudes, and Musicianship Preparatory–2

Violin Series, 2021 Edition: Violin Technique, Etudes, and Musicianship 3–4

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Enrollment Process 

The course enrollment process has three steps, all online:

  1. You create your teacher account or login to your existing account. 
  2. We check your teacher record for pre-requisites and the system offers the highest-level course for which you are eligible. 
  3. You acknowledge the Online Teacher Courses Terms and Conditions, pick a session start date, and enroll in the course by paying the tuition fee. 

Mandatory Age Requirement: 16+ | Prerequisites: None (though Level 8 violin or equivalent is strongly recommended)

Session Dates and Enrollment Deadlines 

2024 Sessions Session Dates Enrollment Deadline*
Summer 2024 June 5 – Aug 14, 2024 June 2, 2024
Fall 2024** Sept 18 – Nov 27, 2024  Sept 11, 2024
Winter 2025 Jan 29 – April 9, 2025  Jan 22, 2025
Summer 2025 June 4 – Aug 13, 2025  May 28, 2025

*All applications must be submitted by midnight PST.

For teachers who enroll in the fall cohort of the Online Strings Teacher Course, we are offering an exclusive in-person intensive session at The Royal Conservatory in Toronto on Friday, September 6, as part of our upcoming RCM Teaching Retreat!

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Transfers and Withdrawals

For detailed information about transfer fees and course withdrawal policies, please see our Online Teacher Course Terms and Conditions


For additional information, please read our Frequently Asked Questions