An Adjudicator’s Perspective on the Music Development Program

Karen Hall with student

In her second of two posts, music teacher and apprentice adjudicator Karen Hall (pictured) explains how the Music Development Program provides a complete music education. 

What do you like about The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program?

So many things! First and foremost, it provides the United States with a much-needed, high-quality music education program for all ages.  I am also thrilled it includes a music theater category.  The comprehensive design ensures teachers provide students with a well-rounded and thorough music education. Lastly, the fact that it is based on the 125-year-old Royal Conservatory model gives me complete confidence as a teacher that I am offering my students the best music education possible.

How does The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program benefit students?

The program benefits students by providing an inclusive music education program based on the time-tested Royal Conservatory model. It often provides a music education that public schools no longer provide. The assessments offer the students continual goals that help keep them motivated. The program also offers a high level of pre-college training for those students planning to pursue a music degree in college.

How does the program benefit teachers?

One of the biggest benefits for me is having all the teaching materials in one place.  I no longer wonder if I am providing my students with a well-rounded, comprehensive, graded approach to music education. Those aspects are built into proven a system.  The program also provides flexibility for allowing students one selection of choice. This is a very important option for some students.

What do you tell parents interested in enrolling their children?

I explain how the system is proven, comprehensive, and assessed yearly.  I also let them know I am becoming one of the professional adjudicators and starting an assessment center in Santa Fe.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I want to send a huge, heartfelt thank you to all my Canadian friends and colleagues.  Your help and support has been invaluable.

Registration for the August 2013 assessment session opens May 21.

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