• Monday, Nov 21, 2011

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

    (November 21, 2011; NEW YORK & Toronto, Canada)—The Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement Program (The Achievement Program) is pleased to announce a partnership with the National Association for Teachers of Singing (NATS) to support and promote the development of The Achievement Program across the United States. As part of this agreement, the Program will become an official assessment system of NATS. The Achievement Program is a Lead Sponsor of the 2012 NATS National Conference, in Orlando from June 29-July 3, 2012, and will launch its new voice syllabus at this event.

    “This exciting partnership represents our shared commitment to music engagement in communities across the country,” said Dr. Jennifer Snow, Chief Academic Officer, The Achievement Program. “Both organizations believe in providing students of all ages with the comprehensive resources that they need to develop their musical skills and establish a lifelong love of music. We look forward to collaborating with NATS members across the United States 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.

    “This enthusiastic partnership is based on the premise that every singer needs appropriate literature to enable his or her voice to reach its full potential,” said Allen Henderson, Executive Director, NATS. “The Achievement Program not only provides that but also offers a series of assessments and other tools that help singers develop their skills and compare their progress to a national benchmark of excellence. I also believe that as students and their teachers embrace The Achievement Program, we will find that singers are better prepared and more rounded musicians as they enter university programs. NATS is excited to join with The Achievement Program on this important endeavor.”

    Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,300 members in the United States, Canada, and over twenty-five other countries. In addition to sponsoring one of the most prestigious competitions for classical singers, NATS Artist Awards (NATSAA), NATS offers a variety of lifelong learning experiences to its members: workshops, intern programs, master classes, and conferences. In 2012 NATS is launching The National Music Theater Competition, the first national competition for the music theater soloist, seeking out and promoting the best emerging talent in the field. For more information, please visit www.nats.org.

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