Freed-Hardeman Piano Students Complete Assessment

FEBRUARY 28, 2013

Nine piano students, including four from Freed-Hardeman University, passed their respective levels in the assessment process of The Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement Program. The assessment took place Jan. 3 and 4 at Milligan College, near Elizabethton, Tenn.

FHU students Kaytlin Gonzales, Ginny Primm, Davis Shoulders and Derrick Smith were evaluated by an adjudicator on their demonstration of repertoire, studies, and technical and musicianship skills. Eli England, Ella England, Megan Greenway and Lauren Pirtle, all pre-university students, and Rebecca Simpson, an FHU music graduate who is teaching in the program, also participated in the assessment.

The Achievement Program, which was started in March 2011 through a cooperative arrangement between The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada, and New York's Carnegie Hall, "provides a recognized national standard of musical success through an effectively sequenced course of study from beginner to advanced levels," according to The Royal Conservatory of Music web site. FHU is recognized as a founding school with the program.

The university level piano program at FHU uses this nationally recognized standard and assessment process as the basis for student instruction, as well as students enrolled in the pre-university program. The students from the FHU program work through the curriculum for several weeks to prepare for each assessment.

For more information about the Achievement Program, contact Dr. Richard England, Professor of Music and Founding Teacher with the program, at or 731-989-6669.