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RCM vs. Yamaha which one is better for me?

Updated: Apr 27, 2022

Have you ever wondered which music education is the best for my child. You’ve probably heard of the many different ones such as RCM and Yamaha. But what exactly are these different music education methods and what is the best fit for you or your child? Looking at each individual company, each program has its pros and cons. But let's take a closer look at the methods used.


“Our integrated curriculum encompasses repertoire as well as etudes, ear tests, sight reading, theory, and technique.
Our program focuses mainly on classical music with opportunities to play jazz, folk and popular music. The RCM's classical training provides the strongest possible foundation upon which to continue a student's musical journey. Not only does the curriculum teach the essential elements of musical training but it also encourages students' enthusiasm for music, empowers artistic expression and celebrates achievements.”


“The Yamaha method of music education incorporates weekly group lessons designed to give students the best beginning possible for the development of basic music skills. Emphasis is placed on ear training and the development of a good rhythmic sense.
A variety of activities, including singing words and solfege, keyboard playing, sight singing, sight playing, ensemble work and musical creativity are part of the curriculum.
Yamaha Music Foundation has completed much research illustrating that a child’s ear develops most rapidly between the ages of four and six (as shown in the graph below). Since hearing development is so closely related to learning music, this is the ideal time to start developing music skills. Accompanied by the parent, as the parent is the essential link between the class experience and successful practice at the home, both child and parent can both share the joy of learning music with one another."

While Yamaha focuses on hearing development for ages in children, they also push their students at a young age, such as offering specific programs that targets certain age groups with its own unique curriculum that not only provides an enjoyable experience but a knowledgeable one, even offering classes starting as young as 2 years old (Apple Course). Although Yamaha is more known for connecting younger students with an experience of music, they also provide teens-adults 2 year specific programs on piano that is an enrichful education. Yamaha stands firm in their beliefs of their philosophy that "all people have the potential to develop musical ability.

RCM on the other hand, takes pride in their The Royal Conservatory Certificate Program, which is a comprehensive program of music that starts at beginner Preparatory level(s) followed by Levels 1-10, Associate Diploma of The Royal Conservatory of music (ARCT) and a Licentiate Diploma of The Royal Conservatory of Music (LRCM) is available for piano. These certificates can be earned by completing an RCM practical examination. RCM provides a well rounded structured program that is not only high quality but also comprehensive as it includes, repertoire, etudes/studies, sight-reading, ear training, technique and theory for multiple disciplines.

Now, which one is better? Yamaha vs RCM. There is no right answer, the truth is different students learn in different ways, some better in more theoretical and structured, while others more hands on and engaged. Now depending on how you or your child learn style, you can choose for yourself which program can help you learn the best.

At Perfect Harmony Music, we strive to make music inclusive for everyone. No matter the age, we’ve got something for everyone! We provide a wide range of music lessons to people of all ages and skill levels, including piano, keyboard, saxophone, clarinet, ukulele, guitar, cello, drums, trombone, violin and vocals.

Contact us today to learn more and sign up for a free demo.

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