Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement Program Enters Second Academic 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 for people of all ages studying music in the US, offering a sequential course of study from beginner through advanced levels. Modeled on the acclaimed examination system of The Conservatory in 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 centers on periodic assessments for students—one-on-one adjudicator-to-student performance evaluations that also serve as valuable teaching and learning opportunities. In each assessment, a certified professional adjudicator evaluates a student’s performance of repertoire, studies (etudes), and musicianship skills. Assessments are offered for keyboard, string, woodwind, and brass instruments; voice; and the academic subjects of music theory, music history, and pedagogy. In the coming year, Achievement Program assessments will be held in November/December 2012; May/June 2013, and summer 2013 at locations across the US with registration deadlines and information listed on www.TheAchievementProgram.org. Registrations for the November/December 2012 assessments will be accepted through October 16.
“As The Achievement Program enters its second year, we continue to be inspired by the enthusiastic response from teachers and parents across the country,” says Dr. Jennifer Snow, a respected pedagogue with The Achievement Program. “It has been wonderful meeting so many people who share our belief in music education, discovering a growing number who wish to see it supported through a national standard. They have told us that the program provides a clear and meaningful path for recognizing students’ musical accomplishments, inspiring students to strive for excellence.”
Since its inception, The Achievement Program has travelled from coast to coast, holding dozens of free interactive information sessions for parents and educators. More than 4,000 music teachers have created accounts on the program’s web site. Additionally, The Achievement Program has been adopted by the states of Ohio, Massachusetts, and Wyoming as the official music teacher association state curriculum, and is an official assessment system of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers.
The past year also saw the launch of the program’s Founding Schools initiative, bringing together diverse schools and institutions from across the US in the pursuit of excellence in music education. To date, over 100 community music schools, university music departments, and conservatories have the distinction of being the first in the nation to use The Achievement Program as their preferred system of music study. Formal partnerships have also been established with major American music education associations, including the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the National Guild for Community Arts Education.
For more information about The Achievement Program, including the schedule for upcoming assessments throughout the year, details of fees and materials, and locations of assessment centers and Founding Schools, please visit TheAchievementProgram.org.
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Founded in 1891, New York City’s Carnegie Hall presents exceptional performances by the world’s finest artists on its three stages—the renowned Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, the intimate Weill Recital Hall, and the innovative Zankel Hall—ranging from orchestral concerts, chamber music, and solo recitals to jazz, world, and popular music. Extensive music education and community programs developed by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute play a central role in Carnegie Hall’s commitment to encouraging people from all walks of life to engage with great music. WMI’s programs annually serve more than 350,000 children, students, teachers, parents, young music professionals, and adults in the New York City metropolitan area, across the country, and around the globe, including many who take advantage of WMI’s online music education resources. For more information on Carnegie Hall or other Weill Music Institute national/international music education programs, please visit carnegiehall.org.
The Royal Conservatory is one of the largest and most respected music education institutions in the world. Providing the definitive standard of excellence in music education through its curriculum, assessment, performance, and teacher education programs, The Conservatory has had a substantial impact on the lives of millions of people globally. In addition, the organization has helped to train a number of internationally celebrated artists including Glenn Gould, Oscar Peterson, David Foster, Sarah McLachlan, Angela Hewitt, and Diana Krall. Motivated by its powerful mission to develop human potential through music and the arts, The Royal Conservatory has emerged over the last two decades as a leader in the development of arts-based programs that address a wide range of social issues. For more information, please visit www.rcmusic.ca.
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