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COVID-19 Update: Examinations and Programming

COVID-19 Update: Examinations and Programming

Published on September 8, 2020

The health and safety of our community is of the utmost importance and The Royal Conservatory fully supports social and physical distancing.  As per regulations from the government of Ontario, The Royal Conservatory building is open on a restricted basis to staff, students, and authorized visitors (including concert goers) only.  Public health and workplace safety restrictions are currently in place.  Our comprehensive safety plan and building access procedures can be found on this page.  Please also note the following:

The RCM Certificate Program

The goals of the RCM since the virus outbreak have been to support teachers and to enable tens of thousands of registered students to complete their exams as planned. We have addressed these goals by making online teacher resources available and by offering online testing.  Remote examinations offer a viable solution to a very difficult problem. 

We appreciate fully that the circumstances facing students and teachers across North America are varied and there are instances where the online examination and timetable do not work. Please be assured that we are here to help address and resolve those issues on a case by case basis. 

Please visit and bookmark this page to learn more as it contains the most up-to-date information regarding our examinations.

The Royal Conservatory schools

  • Academic courses at The Glenn Gould School will be offered online. Studio instruction, ensembles and other performance-based activities will be offered in-person where Stage 3 requirements can be met.
  • The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists is offering online-only instruction until further notice.
  • The Royal Conservatory School has moved to online instruction for Fall programming for students under the age of 18 years.  Select adult courses and lessons will be offered in person.  Learn more

Concerts and Events
We are committed to offering inspiring live music in a way that is safe and responsible.  The Royal Conservatory is following directions and recommendations from Ontario and Toronto Health officials and has cautiously and optimistically moved forward with 2020-21 concert season plans.

We will provide further updates on this page as this developing situation unfolds. For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, please visit any of these public health websites: