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The Achievement Program: Encouraging Self-Expression Through Comprehensive Training

Carnegie Hall is proud to partner with Canada's Royal Conservatory of Music through The Achievement Program, a national set of musical standards for people studying music privately across the US. Independent music teachers in the NYC area are invited to learn more about the program this month during a lively information session held at Columbia University's Teachers College. Dr. Elizabeth Janzen, a flutist, relates her experiences with The Achievement Program below.

As a young music student, I thrived on the challenges and goals that a nationalized, graded system offered me. The rigorous training required to earn a Performer’s Diploma, including theory, ear-training and music history, expanded my musicianship in ways that continue to enhance my understanding and enjoyment of music to this day. What makes The Achievement Program so impressive, however, is not how exacting the training is; it is its flexibility. The best education programs are those that accommodate every student’s learning style.


Dr. Elizabeth Janzen pushes the boundaries of chamber music with The Fireworks Ensemble, performing Carl Stalling's score to the Roadrunner and Wile E Coyote cartoon "There They Go-Go-GO!" live at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts.

For me that meant clear but demanding goals at regular intervals, culminating with the incentive of a nationally recognized diploma. For other music students, the rewards of the program are diverse: the sensibly graded levels, with no time constraints for those who learn at different paces; the variety of musical styles encouraged by the curriculum, from Baroque to contemporary to jazz influences; the challenges of musical study outside of performance, such as the theory and history exams. The advantage of The Achievement Program is that it really strives to accommodate and encourage every music student, whether they are young or old, beginner or advanced, simply curious or passionately competitive.

“The advantage of The Achievement Program is that it really strives to accommodate and encourage every music student, whether they are young or old, beginner or advanced, simply curious or passionately competitive.”

Find out more about how you can inspire students like Elizabeth on January 30 at 7 PM, at the Milbank Chapel at Columbia University's Teachers College. Teachers participating in the program gain access to proven teaching materials, learn new ways to connect with students and celebrate their accomplishments, spark conversation with parents, and benefit from being part of an established tradition of excellence in music education—no volunteer hours, fees, or paperwork required.  

Learn how easy it is to integrate The Achievement Program into your current teaching program. To RSVP for the session on January 30, click here.  


A dedicated chamber musician, Ms. Janzen tours nationally throughout the year as a member of The Fireworks Ensemble, an amplified contemporary chamber ensemble. She plays a double role in the ensemble: In addition to her flute duties, she designs and leads the ensemble’s outreach performances, including master classes and family concerts. Several times a year, Ms. Janzen also tours internationally with Ensemble ACJW, performing with fellow alumni of The Academy; past projects have included performances in Japan and Mexico, and in the spring of 2012 she will be performing with the ensemble in Mumbai, India. She is a frequent guest flutist with the acclaimed chamber ensemble Wind Soloists of New York, the contemporary ensembles Talea and Argento, and with a number of orchestras in the New York City area. Equally devoted to her work as a teacher, Ms. Janzen’s students have been invited to participate in prestigious programs including the Brevard Festival and the Tanglewood Music Center. She is on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division and the Diller-Quaile School of Music. In addition, Ms. Janzen teaches and performs as a teaching artist for the New York Philharmonic and for Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, where she specializes in work with autistic students.


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