Drawing Inspiration From Music Education

Claire Marshall

Claire Marshall is a registered music teacher based out of Bainbridge Island, Washington. She also represents The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program as an adjudicator and one of over 100 local representatives across the United States. In this interview, she shares her thoughts on the intellectual and emotional benefits of the program, and of music education generally.

How does The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program support students’ musical literacy?

The Program enables students to develop the abilities required to become complete musicians. It provides a balanced mix of technical elements, sight reading, and ear training. These ancillary skills are presented so as to interconnect with the rate of advancing complexity of the repertoire. The learning process is organic and stimulating as the student is prepared with the right tools at the right time.

What do you tell parents interested in enrolling their children?

I emphasize that the program establishes realistic and meaningful goals laid out in an enticing progression. I also add that students find the feedback from our adjudicators encouraging; it allows them to feel like they’re advancing. Success begets success!

Are there any other skills are developed through The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program?

It helps students develop the skills required to learn independently. Pieces of music are multi-faceted problems, challenging the instrumentalist on many different levels, and requiring both right and left brain engagement. The experience learning a piece of music provides them with the ability and confidence to tackle complex learning in other subjects.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

You can’t ignore the emotional component of learning music. A student’s soul is touched by playing on a regular basis. Given the daunting challenges students will face over the course of their lives, it’s important they are nourished and sustained through the power of music. 

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