• Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011

    The Achievement Program Launches Partnership with National Guild for Community Arts Education

    (October 26, 2011; NEW YORK & Toronto, Canada)— The Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement Program (The Achievement Program) is pleased to announce a partnership with the National Guild for Community Arts Education (National Guild) to support and promote the development of The Achievement Program in communities across the United States. As part of this agreement, The Achievement Program is a Lead Sponsor of the National Guild’s 2011 Conference for Community Arts Education, in Boston from November 9-12, 2011. For more information, please visit www.communityartsed.org.

    “This exciting partnership represents our shared commitment to music engagement in communities across the country,” noted Dr. Jennifer Snow, Chief Academic Officer, The Achievement Program. “Both organizations recognize the importance of nurturing a love of music locally in order to foster musical literacy nationally. The partnership connects The Achievement Program’s proven national standard of music assessment to the National Guild’s dynamic network of community arts education organizations, allowing us to work together to support ongoing excellence in music education.”

    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 levels 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 and celebrate their accomplishments.

    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. Students of all ages can participate in The Achievement Program in communities across the United States. Registration information is listed on www.TheAchievementProgram.org.

    “The National Guild for Community Arts Education is proud to partner with The Achievement Program,” said National Guild Executive Director Jonathan Herman. “The Guild and its members believe involvement in the arts is essential to individual fulfillment and community life. The Achievement Program is an important resource for our field and exemplifies our organizations’ shared commitment to the values of quality, accessibility, and accountability.”

    The National Guild for Community Arts Education supports and advances access to lifelong learning opportunities in the arts, fostering the creation and development of community arts education organizations by providing research and information resources, professional development and networking opportunities, advocacy, funding, and high-profile leadership. The National Guild’s member organizations collectively serve more than 1.2 million students, employ over 16,000 teaching artists, and reach an additional five million Americans each year through performances and exhibitions in rural, suburban and urban communities across the nation. Their impact on the lives of the students and communities served is enduring and profound. For more information, please visit www.nationalguild.org.
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