What is The
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 for people of all
ages studying music in the US, offering a sequential course of study
from beginner through advanced levels. Modeled on the acclaimed
examination system of The Conservatory in 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.
Achievement 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. Assessments are held several
times a year at locations across the US with upcoming dates and
registration information listed on www.TheAchievementProgram.com.
Why Choose The
Comprehensive Program of Musical Development
Achievement Program encompasses four main areas:
level includes a broad selection of pieces representing a variety of
styles and periods.
selections are leveled progressively in difficulty.
reviews of the repertoire keep the selections fresh and innovative.
and students can add favorite pieces through the Teacher’s Choice and
Own Choice selections.
- Each level of technique is designed to
support the demands of the repertoire for that level.
- Technique includes scales, chords,
arpeggios, patterns, and études.
- A thoughtful and consistent approach to
the development of reading and aural skills.
- Musicianship skills are developed in
conjunction with repertoire goals and requirements.
- Musicianship skills give students a
solid foundation for independent creative musical explorations.
- The Achievement Program’s academic
subjects support students in acquiring the theoretical and historical
knowledge necessary for music literacy.
- Theoretical levels are tied to
practical (performance) levels, reinforcing concepts encountered in
repertoire, technique, and musicianship studies.
- At-the-keyboard assessments of keyboard
harmony and musicianship present students with an opportunity to
develop skills in improvisation and composition.