Assessments: A Parent's Perspective
The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program centers on periodic assessments for students—one-on-one adjudicator-to-student performance evaluations that also serve as valuable teaching and learning opportunities. In each assessment, a certified professional adjudicator evaluates a student’s performance of repertoire, studies (etudes), and musicianship skills. In this post, the third in a three-part series on the value of assessments, here New Jersey parent Lucy Sefia shares how assessments helped her measure her daughter’s musical growth.
Describe the feedback provided by the adjudicator. How did it help your daughter?
Prior to my experience with The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program, I would have described myself as a ‘lost sheep.’ I did not know how to assess my daughter’s musical growth. Thanks to the assessment process and the adjudicator’s report – which was written in terms I could understand – I was able to appreciate my daughter’s strengths and weaknesses in the instrument she so loves to play: the piano.
How has the adjudication experience affected her playing?
I have watched Leticia improve exponentially over the years. Because the adjudicator’s explanations were detailed and easy to understand, the tripartite relationship between Leticia, her teacher, and I has strengthened. Her teacher has been able to put more emphasis on opportunities for improvement and I am able to buttress Leticia’s efforts during her practice sessions at home.
What have been the non-musical benefits to participating in The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program?
The Music Development Program lays out a very clear outline of what each level entails. Based on those requirements, we then plan out Leticia’s practice schedules. I have noticed Leticia taking similar steps in her everyday life, especially when she has tests and deadlines to meet. The Achievement Program has truly inspired Leticia’s desire to aspire in all that she does!
What advice would you give parents considering The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program?
I would advise all parents whose children have the love of music to register them for the Music Development Program, especially parents who have no prior knowledge of music. For example, I spoke to a fellow parent whose daughter studied piano for four years but who didn’t understand her daughter’s level. She said she wished she had a means of measuring her daughter’s improvement. After talking to her about the Music Development Program, she registered her daughter and she's been so pleased with the program and results. She feels a lot better now about following her daughter’s musical path.