• Monday, Jan 14, 2013

    Carnegie Hall and The Royal Conservatory Announce Change to Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement Program

    National U.S. System of Music Study and Achievement To Be Called The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program, Beginning with Spring 2013 Assessment Session 

    (January 14, 2013; Toronto, ON, Canada & New York, NY)—Carnegie Hall and The Royal Conservatory today jointly announced a change to the Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement Program (The Achievement Program), the national system of music study and assessments created by the two organizations, establishing a national standard for musical achievement for people of all ages studying music privately in the United States.

    Since The Achievement Program’s launch two years ago, an enthusiastic community of more than 4,000 teachers and more than 150 Founding Schools has grown nationwide. More than 6,000 Achievement Program assessments were taken by US students last year as they aspired to excellence, tracking their musical growth along with peers across the country.

    With this standard now becoming established nationwide, starting immediately with the registration for the Spring 2013 assessment period, The Royal Conservatory will become solely responsible for the program, overseeing management and administration of assessments in the US. The new name for the program will be The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program.

    At the same time, Carnegie Hall will place increased focus on the expansion of a number of other national and international music education programs already in progress. This includes major new young artist training initiatives such as the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, a program announced in 2012, now preparing to officially launch in summer 2013, and Carnegie Hall’s Link Up program, which provides free music education curriculum materials and other resources to a growing number of orchestras across the US and around the world, helping them to connect with students in their local schools.

    Past participation and records for students and teachers in The Achievement Program will automatically transfer and be recognized by The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program and all operational and programmatic elements will remain the same. Registration for the May/June 2013 assessments will begin tomorrow, January 15, and will remain open through February 18.

    “We’re all very proud of the growing participation in this program as students and teachers have embraced the value of having a national standard of musical achievement in the US,” said Clive Gillinson, executive and artistic director of Carnegie Hall. “Since our launch, we have all achieved so much together. We’re grateful to everyone who has worked so hard to advance this program across the country.”

    Dr. Peter Simon, President of the Royal Conservatory, stated “We believe in the transformative power of music and the many benefits to society that are derived by greater participation. Quality music education delivers profound value, not just in early childhood development, but also as a lifelong learning pursuit. We are committed to ensuring Americans have access to that education through The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program. We thank Carnegie Hall for their partnership in this initial phase, and their support of this vital work.”

    The Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement Program was launched in 2011 to provide 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 Royal Conservatory in Canada, which assesses 100,000 students annually in communities across the country, 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 Royal Conservatory Music Development Program will continue to be centered on regular assessments for students—one-on-one adjudicator-to-student performance evaluations that also function as valuable teaching and learning opportunities. In each performance assessment, a certified professional adjudicator evaluates a student’s performance of repertoire, studies (etudes), and musical proficiency skills. Assessments are offered for the majority of acoustic instruments; voice; and the academic subjects of music theory, music history, and pedagogy. Students of all ages can participate in the program in communities across the United States.

    Registration opens tomorrow for Spring 2013. Information and location of assessment centers can be found on www.musicdevelopmentprogram.org

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