Recognition of Achievement

The Assessment Experience

The Achievement Program includes two different types of assessment: practical and theoretical.

Both create an opportunity to recognize achievement and receive meaningful feedback.

Practical Assessments

  • Are a comprehensive evaluation of a student's current abilities on a chosen instrument, including voice
  • Are 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
  • Are held twice a year, with all scheduling and location arrangements made by The Achievement Program

What Can My Student Expect in a Practical Assessment?

Practical 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 Achievement 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 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 assessment level. No application is necessary.