(December 15, 2011)—Carnegie Hall and The Royal Conservatory invite music teachers across the United States to learn about The Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement Program (The Achievement Program), a national system of music study and assessment for educators and people of all ages independently studying music throughout the United States. Free information sessions take place: January 6 in Oberlin, Ohio; January 16 in Honolulu; and January 30 in New York City. Each session features an interactive information seminar highlighting benefits for local private music teachers and students. Over 50 sessions have already been held across the country since June 2011, with dozens more planned this coming year. Launched in March 2011 by New York’s Carnegie Hall and Canada’s Royal Conservatory, The Achievement Program provides a national standard for musical achievement, offering a sequential course of study from beginner through advanced level for people of all ages studying music. Modeled on the acclaimed examination system of The Conservatory, which assesses 100,000 students annually in communities across Canada, the program was created in response to feedback from parents and teachers throughout the US, requesting a top-quality nationally-recognized system to track students’ musical progress, celebrating their accomplishments. “The Achievement Program complements existing local and state music assessment programs, connecting students across the country through its national standard,” said Dr. Jennifer Snow, Chief Academic Officer, The Achievement Program. “This leading program provides a clear and meaningful path for recognizing musical achievement, empowering teachers to measure progress beyond regional borders and inspiring students to strive for excellence at a national level.” The interactive information session features an in-depth program overview and a demonstration assessment presented by leading pedagogues, including Dr. Snow. All attendees will receive a complimentary teacher support resource package that includes a syllabus (vocal or instrumental), theory syllabus, online theory module, online ear training module, and certificate of completion. The program centers on periodic assessments for students—one-on-one adjudicator-to-student performance evaluations that also function as valuable teaching and learning opportunities. In each practical assessment, a certified professional adjudicator evaluates a student’s performance of repertoire, studies (etudes), and musical proficiency skills. Assessments are offered for keyboard, string, woodwind, and brass instruments; voice; and the academic subjects of music theory, music history, and pedagogy. The Achievement Program differs from comparable assessment systems in its absence of membership fees, paperwork, or required volunteer hours for participating music teachers. The Program, which provides educators with high-quality professional development opportunities and innovative curricular resources, has been adopted by the states of Ohio, Massachusetts, and Wyoming as the official music teacher association state curriculum. The Program will hold assessments several times a year with upcoming dates and registration information listed on www.TheAchievementProgram.com.
The Achievement Program – Free Teacher Information Sessions in January Friday, January 6, 2012, 10:00am – 1:00pm Oberlin College Community Music School – Room 234 77 West College Street, Oberlin, Ohio Monday, January 16, 2012, 9:00am – 12:00pm Punahou Music School 1601 Punahou Street, Honolulu, Hawaii Monday, January 30, 2012, 7:00pm – 10:00pm Columbia Teachers College – Cowin Auditorium 525 West 120th Street, New York City For registration information, including details of program fees, materials, and locations, please visit www.TheAchievementProgram.org/teachers/tis or call 1.866.716.2223
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