• The Achievement Program: Gaining Confidence From Music Education

    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 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. Vocalist Amelia Watkins describes her experience at a recent Teacher Information Session.   

    I took voice, piano, and theory through elementary, middle, and high school, and have found the skills I learned in my lessons invaluable. Not only was I able to achieve my dream of being a professional singer, but I was prepared for all the steps of the journey! Now, as a professional musician and educator, I attended a recent Teacher Information Session for The Achievement Program. I was given a thorough overview of the program, and all my questions and queries were answered by their knowledgeable and friendly team.

    Amelia Watkins performs Greg Spears's "Owen Songs" with Timo Andres and David Kaplan. 

    I truly believe The Achievement Program will not only give aspiring musicians of all ages the opportunity to learn the building blocks of music, the fundamentals of technique and theory, as well as music history and other important contextual elements, but also give them the confidence to take all of the surrounding lessons (such as self-discipline, task management, time management, goal fulfillment) and apply them to every area of their lives.

    The Achievement Program will give aspiring musicians the confidence to apply its lessons to every area of their lives.


    You too can experience a Teacher Information Session 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.


    Soprano Amelia Watkins has appeared in leading concert halls and opera houses in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia, in venues such as the New York City Opera, the Estates Theatre (Prague), the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, Weill Hall, the Verbier Festival (Switzerland), the Gewandhaus (Germany), the National Arts Center in Ottawa, the Tanglewood Music Festival, and in concert in Hong Kong. Her roles have included Norina (Don Pasquale), Despina (Così fan Tutte), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Musetta (La Bohème), Mme. Herz (The Impresario), Gretel (Hansel & Gretel), Frasquita (Carmen), and Laoula (L'étoile), among many others. Comfortable in music ranging from Bach to Berlioz and beyond, Amelia has premiered and performed works by composers such as Augusta Read Thomas, Missy Mazzoli, Oliver Knussen, Manfred Trojahn, Betsy Jolas, and Michael Gordon. A graduate of Oberlin College Conservatory and Manhattan School of Music, Ms. Watkins can be heard on Albany Records in” New Growth,” on the 2011 Grammy nominated Bobby McFerrin album “Vocabularies,” and in various film and television scores.