The Royal Conservatory and Carnegie Hall have partnered to launch the Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement Program (The Achievement Program), a national system of music study and assessment for students and teachers across the United States. 

“The launch of The Achievement Program marks an extraordinary milestone for The Royal Conservatory and for music education in the United States,” says Dr. Peter Simon, President and CEO of The Royal Conservatory. “Our belief in the transformative power and benefits of the arts, through greater participation in music study, led us to a partnership with the leading icon of excellence in musical performance — Carnegie Hall.”

“Carnegie Hall is proud to align itself with The Royal Conservatory's 125-year legacy of excellence in music education,” says Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall. “By establishing a commonly understood set of standards for people studying music across the United States, this national program will create engaging new ways for students — both children and adults — to measure their progress, motivating them to work toward greater musical accomplishments. The Achievement Program will also assist parents who seek a better understanding of their children’s level of performance and musical growth, while supporting teachers through opportunities for high-quality professional development and curricular resources.”

The Achievement Program is based on the internationally renowned curriculum and examination system developed by The Royal Conservatory, which provides a recognized standard of musical success through an effectively sequenced course of study from beginner to advanced levels. Over 100,000 students participate in Royal Conservatory examinations annually in communities across Canada.

The Achievement Program includes elements that have made The Royal Conservatory examination system the most respected in the world, including:

  • Practical examinations evaluating a student’s proficiency in music
  • Theory and history examinations, which play an essential role in developing musicianship and music literacy
  • One-on-one sessions with a professional examiner ensuring consistent assessment standards
  • Syllabi, repertoire books, and other educational materials and resources

The Royal Conservatory is one of the largest and most respected music education institutions in the world. Providing the definitive standard in music education through its curriculum, assessment, performance, and teacher education, the programs of The Royal Conservatory have had a substantial impact upon the lives of millions of people globally. The Royal Conservatory has helped to train a number of great artists including Glenn Gould, Oscar Peterson, David Foster, Sarah McLachlan, Angela Hewitt, and Diana Krall. Motivated by its powerful mission to develop human potential through music and the arts, The Royal Conservatory has emerged over the last two decades as a leader in the development of arts-based programs that address a wide range of social issues. For more information, please visit www.rcmusic.ca.  

Founded in 1891, New York City’s Carnegie Hall presents exceptional performances by the world’s finest artists on its three stages — the renowned Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, the intimate Weill Recital Hall, and the innovative Zankel Hall — ranging from orchestral concerts, chamber music, and solo recitals to jazz, world, and popular music.  Extensive music education and community programs developed by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute play a central role in Carnegie Hall’s commitment to making great music accessible to as many people as possible. WMI’s programs annually serve over 170,000 children, students, teachers, parents, young music professionals, and adults in the New York City metropolitan area, across the country, and around the globe, with more than an additional 100,000 people taking advantage of WMI’s online music education resources. For more information on Carnegie Hall or other Weill Music Institute national/international music programs, please visit carnegiehall.org

Media Contacts:
Jeff Embleton

Manager, Publicity
The Royal Conservatory 
jeff.embleton@rcmusic.ca
416.408.2824 x461

Synneve Carlino 
Director, Public Relations
Carnegie Hall
pr@carnegiehall.org
212.903.9750