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Designed just for kids, RCM Music Theory Prep puts a fun spin on learning the building blocks of music. Keep young musicians motivated and excited with this take-anywhere, learn-anywhere app!

Fun animation, lively narration, and engaging games keep kids entertained and focused while they learn important basics like time signatures and musical scales. And just like their other favourite game apps, reaching new levels keeps kids encouraged and motivated. Best of all, this app is part of The Royal Conservatory’s renowned system of music study specifically designed to ensure young learners enjoy the full benefits of music making.

The study of music theory:
•boosts aural awareness
•develops analytical thinking
•encourages creativity

With these invaluable skills, young musicians will gain a deeper understanding of the music they hear and play! Developing expertise in the five areas of study available for purchase in this app build a foundation for well-rounded musical training and lifelong music making.

Download this app for free to learn more about The Royal Conservatory and the over 30 learning objectives which support student success at the Preparatory level of The RCM Certificate Program.

**Key Features of RCM Music Theory Prep**
-15 lessons bring music theory basics to life
-12 interactive musical games engage students
-195+ individual lesson pages specifically designed for kids
-35+ minutes of animation and narration encourage active learning
-30+ learning objectives cover 5 areas of study including pitch, rhythm, scales, chords, and musical terms
-Status screens demonstrate progress and motivate students to keep learning
-Theory concepts aligned with the RCM Preparatory Theory level

**Theory concepts covered in the 5 units available for purchase**

1) Pitch and Notation
• staff • grand staff • treble clef • bass clef • bar line • measure • notes up to and including one ledger line above and below the treble staff and bass staff • notes adjacent to middle C on the treble staff and bass staff • location of notes on a keyboard diagram

2) Rhythm
• whole, half, quarter, and eighth notes and rests • 2/4 time signature • 4/4 time signature

3) Scales
• C major scale • A minor scale, natural form • scale degree names: tonic

4) Chords
• tonic triad of C major in root position, solid/blocked and broken • tonic triad of A minor in root position, solid/blocked and broken

5) Musical Terms and Signs
• accent, crescendo, decrescendo, forte, legato, mezzo forte, mezzo piano, piano, staccato

What's New

Version 1.2

Bug fixes and improved functionality. Now compatible with iPad Pro, 10.5 inch model.

Ratings and Reviews

I can’t recommend this to families


This literally doesn’t even advertise how much anything is before asking you to make an in app purchase. Families want to know the cost, and on the off chance that it’s $1000 for every tent, I’m not willing to try it out myself unless I know how much I’m going to pay.

I really want this app to work, but it doesn't.


I'm ready to buy it, but the adult verification check doesn't work. The app doesn't do anything :(

Update next day: finally I was able to purchase the app for $7. There's a bird that talks about theory concepts and a few games that are fun. Most of the games aren't really logical though, and lots of buttons don't seem to do anything. I disagree with the age group - it's for kids age 5-10, not under 5.

RCM's books are great, but this app is really disappointing.

Developer Response

Hi Kitreh! Thank you for getting in touch and for your interest in our app! Before purchasing, please ensure you are connected to the internet. After you select the correct answer to the verification question it may take a bit of time for the purchase option to load, so please be patient! If you are still experiencing difficulty, please email accountservices@musicdevelopmentprogram.org and we would be happy to assist you. Thanks again! - AY

Not ready for the market


I was very disappointed with this app considering it is the RCM name. It is definitely not ready for the market. It crashes often, few things work in the app, and it is overpriced. I ended up spending $1.99 for the app to teach C major and a minor. I hope that the Royal Conservatory comes up with something better than this and in the meantime stops marketing this app and offer refunds to those who have purchased it already.

Developer Response

Hi Loni2635, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback about the app and sorry to hear you are experiencing difficulties. Could you please email us at apps@rcmusic.ca and provide us with the details of the issues you have been experiencing? Thank you again for reaching out. - AY


Royal Conservatory of Music
156.2 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2017 Royal Conservatory of Music
In-App Purchases
  1. All-Access Pass $6.99
  2. Pitch and Notation $1.99
  3. Rhythm and Meter $1.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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