Recognizing Achievement

Recognition of Achievement Through Assessment

The Assessment Experience  |  Performance Assessments  |  What to Expect in a Performance Assessment  |  Academic Assessments  |  Certificates of Achievement  |  Certificates of Excellence  |  National Gold Medals  |  Accreditation | ARCT

The Assessment Experience

The Music Development Program includes two different types of assessment: practical (performance) and theoretical. Both create an opportunity to recognize achievement and receive meaningful feedback.

Performance Assessments

  • A practical (performance) assessment is a comprehensive evaluation of a student's current abilities on their chosen instrument, including voice.
  • The assessment is designed to be a warm and welcoming experience, one-on-one with a professional, program-certified adjudicator.
  • The adjudicator's comments and marking breakdown are available online within four to six weeks of the assessment.
  • Practical (performance) assessments are held three times per year, with all scheduling and location arrangements made by The Music Development Program.
  • Certificates are mailed in late March and late October. Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery,

What Can a Student Expect in a Performance Assessment?

Performance assessments evaluate the following areas of a student’s musical development:

  • Performance of three to five pieces of repertoire depending on level
  • Performance of one or two études that focus on an aspect of performance skill appropriate for the level
  • Performance of technical skills such as scales, chords, and arpeggios, which progress in difficulty from level to level in a manner consistent with the technical demands of the repertoire. An assessment includes a representative sampling from the published list of requirements.
  • An evaluation of musicianship skills, appropriate for the level, through aural identification of intervals, chord qualities, cadences, and ear-to-hand playbacks of rhythms and melodies. A demonstration of rhythmic reading and sight playing ability further supports music literacy.

Academic Assessments

  • Students complete a written assessment of their theoretical and/or historical knowledge in a classroom setting.
  • Academic assessments are held three times per year, with all scheduling and location arrangements made by the Music Development Program.

Certificates of Achievement

The Comprehensive Certificate is awarded to students who have completed both the performance and academic assessments (if applicable) for a specific level. Certificates are also awarded for each of the performance and complete academic requirements at each level. No application is necessary.  Certificates are mailed in late March, late August and late October to eligible candidates. Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery.

Certificates of Excellence

Center Certificates of Excellence are awarded in each Assessment Center in each academic year (ie September 1 to August 31) to the student in Preparatory to Level 10, plus Elementary and Intermediate Pedagogy, who has obtained the highest marks in each level and in each of the following disciplines: accordion, brass/woodwinds, guitar, harp, organ, percussion, piano, strings and voice for the respective Performance Assessment. To be eligible, a student must receive a minimum of 80 percent in the Performance Assessment and have completed the Academic (Theory) Assessment co-requisite for the respective level either prior to or during the same academic year as the Performance Assessment.

State Certificates of Excellence are awarded in each State in each academic year (ie September 1 to August 31) to the student in Preparatory to Level 10, plus Elementary and Intermediate Pedagogy, who has obtained the highest marks in each level and in each of the following disciplines: accordion, brass/woodwinds, guitar, harp, organ, percussion, piano, strings and voice for the respective Perfomance Assessment. To be eligible, a student must receive a minimum of 80 percent in the Performance Assessment and have completed the Academic (Theory) Assessment co-requisite for the respective level either prior to or during the same academic year as the Performance Assessment.

National Gold Medals

National Gold Medals are awarded to students achieving the highest mark in the country on their Music Development Program Performance Assessment in each of the following disciplines: accordion, brass/woodwinds, guitar, harp, organ, percussion, piano, strings and voice. To be eligible, a student must receive a minimum of 80 percent in the Performance Assessment and have completed the Academic (Theory) Assessment co-requisite for the respective level.

Accreditation

School systems across the U.S. may consider achievement in Music Development Program Assessments for secondary school credits. Each state and/or school board determines eligibility for their jurisdiction. This document will assist school officials with assessing the course requirements and learning outcomes of the Music Development Program system, to determine if accreditation fits within their criteria.

ARCT

The Associate of The Royal Conservatory (ARCT) diplomas for Performers and Teachers are the highest academic standings awarded by The Royal Conservatory. The ARCT Teacher's diploma is respected internationally as a teaching qualification.

Diploma Examinations Required
ARCT Performers
ARCT Performers
History 3: 19th Century to Present
Any two of:
Advanced Harmony or Advanced Keyboard Harmony
Counterpoint
Analysis
Level 6 Piano (Non-piano subjects only)
ARCT Teachers
(Non-Piano)
ARCT Teachers (Non-Piano)
Level 8 piano
History 3: 19th Century to Present
Any two of:
Advanced Harmony or Advanced Keyboard Harmony
Analysis
Counterpoint
ARCT in Piano Pedagogy
Advanced Piano Pedagogy
Advanced Piano Pedagogy Viva Voce
Advanced Piano Pedagogy Written
History 3: 19th Century to Present
Any two of:
Advanced Harmony or Advanced Keyboard Harmony
Counterpoint
Analysis
ARCT in Composition And/or Theory
Renaissance Counterpoint
Baroque Harmony and Counterpoint I
Baroque Harmony and Counterpoint II
Classical Harmony and Counterpoint
Romantic and Post-Romantic Harmony and Counterpoint
Post-1900 Composition Techniques
Orchestration I
Orchestration II
Analysis
History I
History II
Ear Test
LRCM in Piano Performance 
LRCM in Piano Performance

To apply for graduation please download the ARCT Graduation Form

 

Performance and academic assessments are held three time a year, with all scheduling and location arrangements made by the Music Development Program.