A number of students from Encore Music Academy and Recording Studios, located in Franklin and Millis, participate in the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program (RCMDP) assessment sessions each year. The RCMDP assessment process represents an extremely exciting opportunity for students, on a national level, to demonstrate the skills that they have honed through continual practice. Locally, assessments are held at Encore Music Academy and Recording Studios, which is a Founding School and a regional assessment center for this international program. Student participants come from all around the New England area, many traveling from as far away as Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, and the Cape. The adjudicators travel from all across Canada in order to administer the exams. Not only do the adjudicators judge students based on ability to perform on the instrument of their choice within their skill level, but they also administer academic assessments in music theory, harmony, history, and analysis.
The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program provides a recognized national standard of success in music study from beginner to advanced levels. It inspires excellence through individual student assessments that are central to the Program, while also supporting teachers with high-quality and innovative resources. The RCMDP allows students to measure and celebrate accomplishment and track their progress throughout the country. All students and teachers across the United States are invited to participate, and Encore Music Academy and Recording Studios is proud to be able to offer these opportunities at the school and through outreach to the surrounding communities.
Prem Pendkar, who lives in Franklin and studies both voice and piano at Encore, has been awarded the National Gold Medal for 2014 in Level 3 Voice. The RCMDP awards Gold Medals to the students who have achieved the highest score in the country within their specific skill level for each instrument on the Music Development Program assessment. Prem, now 10 years old, has been studying voice and piano at Encore for over two years. Under the guidance of his vocal instructor, Lisa Ostrow, Prem began his studies in voice using the curriculum of the RCMDP right from the start. Lisa Ostrow, a director and co-owner of Encore Music Academy and Recording Studios, had this to say: "Having already earned High Honors With Distinction, (which requires a score of 90 or higher), in three levels of vocal study with the RCMDP, and High Honors in two levels of piano, Prem's National Gold Medal is a true testament to the dedication he brings to his music studies, the level of support he receives from his family, his innate talent, and his tremendous desire to achieve. We here at Encore could not be more proud of his accomplishments. And, best of all, Prem is an absolute joy to work with - fun and funny, and incredibly bright. We are very proud of him, as we are of all our students."
In December, 2014, Prem received High Honors With Distinction on his Level 4 vocal assessment with a score of 90. He will be taking his Piano Level 3 assessment this May.
For the assessments, students are graded on proficiency in the following areas: Performance; technical requirements; aural skills; rhythm; and, sight-reading ability.
Encore will be hosting another round of regional assessments this spring and is very much looking forward to the opportunity to meet and interact with young musicians from all over the Northeast.
Encore Music Academy and Recording Studios, located at 3 Bent Street in Franklin, MA, and 352 Village Street in Millis, MA, is a Royal Conservatory Music Development Program Founding School and an official assessment center.
To learn more about Encore Music Academy and Recording Studios and the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program, please visit: www.encoremusicacademy.net
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