• Friday, Dec 16, 2011

    The Achievement Program Hosts Free Informational Workshops for Teachers Across the United States

    January Sessions Take Place in Hawaii, New York, and Ohio New National Program Created By Carnegie Hall and The Royal Conservatory Encourages Musical Excellence Across America 

    (December 15, 2011)—Carnegie Hall and The Royal Conservatory invite music teachers across the United States to learn about The Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement Program (The Achievement Program), a national system of music study and assessment for educators and people of all ages independently studying music throughout the United States. Free information sessions take place: January 6 in Oberlin, Ohio; January 16 in Honolulu; and January 30 in New York City. Each session features an interactive information seminar highlighting benefits for local private music teachers and students. Over 50 sessions have already been held across the country since June 2011, with dozens more planned this coming 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, offering a sequential course of study from beginner through advanced level 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, celebrating their accomplishments.

    “The Achievement Program complements existing local and state music assessment programs, connecting students across the country through its national standard,” said Dr. Jennifer Snow, Chief Academic Officer, The Achievement Program. “This leading program provides a clear and meaningful path for recognizing musical achievement, empowering teachers to measure progress beyond regional borders and inspiring students to strive for excellence at a national level.”

    The interactive information session features an in-depth program overview and a demonstration assessment presented by leading pedagogues, including Dr. Snow. All attendees will receive a complimentary teacher support resource package that includes a syllabus (vocal or instrumental), theory syllabus, online theory module, online ear training module, and certificate of completion.

    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.

    The Achievement Program differs from comparable assessment systems in its absence of membership fees, paperwork, or required volunteer hours for participating music teachers. The Program, which provides educators with high-quality professional development opportunities and innovative curricular resources, has been adopted by the states of Ohio, Massachusetts, and Wyoming as the official music teacher association state curriculum. The Program will hold assessments several times a year with upcoming dates and registration information listed on www.TheAchievementProgram.com.

    The Achievement Program – Free Teacher Information Sessions in January

    Friday, January 6, 2012, 10:00am – 1:00pm
    Oberlin College Community Music School – Room 234
    77 West College Street, Oberlin, Ohio

    Monday, January 16, 2012, 9:00am – 12:00pm
    Punahou Music School
    1601 Punahou Street, Honolulu, Hawaii

    Monday, January 30, 2012, 7:00pm – 10:00pm
    Columbia Teachers College – Cowin Auditorium
    525 West 120th Street, New York City

    For registration information, including details of program fees, materials, and locations, please visit www.TheAchievementProgram.org/teachers/tis or call 1.866.716.2223

    About The Partners

    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 300,000 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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