What is the Music Development Program?

The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program provides a recognized national standard of musical success through an effectively sequenced course of study from beginner to advanced levels. The Music Development Program inspires excellence through individual student assessments and allows students to celebrate accomplishment and track their progress with others across the country. It also supports teachers with high-quality and innovative resources. All students deserve the opportunity to celebrate their musical achievements nationally. Join the growing community of teachers, students, and families who are discovering the benefits of the Music Development Program as it enriches their lives!

The Music Development Program centers on periodic assessments for students—one-on-one adjudicator-to-student performance evaluations that also function as valuable teaching and learning opportunities. In each practical assessment, a certified professional adjudicator evaluates a student’s performance of repertoire, studies (etudes), and musical proficiency skills.

Assessments are offered for keyboard, string, woodwind, and brass instruments; voice; and the academic subjects of music theory, music history, and pedagogy. Assessments are held several times a year at locations across the US with upcoming dates and registration information listed on www.musicdevelopmentprogram.org.

Lawrence Academy of Music will be an assessment center in spring, 2013.

Why choose the Music Development Program?

A comprehensive program of musical development, the Music Development Program encompasses four main areas:


  •     Each level includes a broad selection of pieces representing a variety of styles and periods.
  •     Repertoire selections are leveled progressively in difficulty.
  •     Periodic reviews of the repertoire keep the selections fresh and innovative.
  •     Teachers and students can add favorite pieces through the Teacher’s Choice and Own Choice selections.


  •     Each level of technique is designed to support the demands of the repertoire for that level.    
  •     Technique includes scales, chords, arpeggios, patterns, and études.


  •     Musicianship is developed through a thoughtful and consistent approach to the development of reading and aural skills.
  •     Musicianship skills are developed in conjunction with repertoire goals and requirements.
  •     Musicianship skills give students a solid foundation for independent creative musical explorations.

Musical Literacy

  •     The Music Development Program’s academic subjects support students in acquiring the theoretical and historical knowledge necessary for music literacy.
  •     Theoretical levels are tied to practical (performance) levels, reinforcing concepts encountered in repertoire, technique, and musicianship studies.
  •     At-the-keyboard assessments of keyboard harmony and musicianship present students with an opportunity to develop skills in improvisation and composition.

The institution will comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and DPI's Nondiscrimination Provision for all students.

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