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The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program (Music Development Program) provides a recognized national standard of musical success through an effectively sequenced course of study from beginner to advanced levels. For details of the program, visit

What are the benefits of a national standard?

  • A clear, consistent, and meaningful structure for recognizing achievement and rewarding excellence
  • An objective way to value and promote the importance of music study across the country and empower teachers and students at all levels to celebrate excellence
  • Ensurance of equality for all students, no matter where they are located
  • Integrity of assessment through the constant review of adjudicators, processes, and materials
  • Enhancement of the competitive edge and awareness of performance standards on the national level

How does a national standard benefit students and their families?

  • A national standard represents an opportunity for students to measure their progress and achievements both individually and with their peers, which supports the continued pursuit of excellence.
  • All students, regardless of location, are assessed according to the same guidelines and have access to the same resources for learning and preparation.
  • Students advance based on their personal learning achievements, regardless of age or school grade.
  • Families are assured that their children are taking part in a nationally recognized and fully supported program with continued opportunities for assessment and personal development.
  • Families gain a clearer understanding of musical progress and achievement, and recognize opportunities for the personal growth of their children.  


Recognition of Achievement

The Assessment Process

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.

Practical (Performance) Assessments

  • A comprehensive evaluation of a student's current abilities on a chosen instrument, including voice
  • Designed to be a warm and welcoming experience, one-on-one with a professional, program-certified adjudicator
  • Include a report from the adjudicator providing a breakdown of the numerical grade and constructive written comments
  • Held twice a year, with all scheduling and location arrangements made by the Music Development Program

What Can Students Expect in a Practical (Performance) Assessment?

Practical (performance) assessments evaluate the following areas of your 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.

Theory Assessments

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

Certificates of Achievement

Certificates of Achievement are awarded to all students upon successful completion of an assessment. The Comprehensive Achievement Certificate is awarded to students who have completed both the practical (performance) and theory assessments for a specific level, beginning in Level 5. No application is necessary for the Comprehensive Achievement Certificate.

Certificates of Excellence

These certificates are awarded to students in each assessment center and in each state who earn the highest marks for their practical (performance) assessment level. No application is necessary.


Assessment Dates




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