No, that is entirely optional. There are many approaches to studying music, depending on what the student’s goals are. Most students try some of the RCM repertoire, once they progress far enough. Even though preparing for an exam is a good motivator, some chose to work on the required material but not register for an exam. Others try one exam to see what it’s all about and either decide it’s not for them, or continue with more. Besides classical piano, Lynn also like to teach playing from chord charts or lead sheets, for those who are interested in a  more contemporary style.