Learning how to play the piano is a lifelong adventure. It is not a fleeting passion that evaporates after a key is struck. It involves total focus, concentration, imagination, creativity, skill and discipline. It entails mutual trust and commitment from both teacher and students and the need to continually build and maintain goals to aspire and attain.

Piano playing is a highly cerebral undertaking. It involves not just the senses being activated at the same time but includes more complicated processes like motor skills, analysis and deductive reasoning, memory skills, organizational skills, among others. Indeed, the benefits are endless. The enthusiastic player will need to devote a lot of hard work and countless hours in learning and creating music that is not only pleasing to one's ear but a delight to anyone who encounters the ethereal sounds which are meant to be shared.
Whatever is the motivation for learning the master of musical instruments, piano playing is one of the most rewarding experiences one can have in life.
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Register now for The Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) Winter Assessment!

posted Sep 21, 2016, 8:16 AM by Rowena Asuncion   [ updated Sep 5, 2017, 12:37 PM ]

Registration opens September 9 and ends on October 17, 2017. Visit www.rcmusic.com for more details. Choose San Diego-Carlsbad (371) as Assessment Center. The practical exams will take place at Museum of Making Music on December 4, 2017, Sunday .

Royal Conservatory Music Assessment Results

posted Jun 11, 2015, 3:32 PM by Rowena Asuncion   [ updated Sep 5, 2017, 1:16 PM ]

Check back soon for updates!

Congratulations to all students who took part in the 2015 Winter Assessment, 2016 Spring Assessments and 2016 Summer Assessments. The top students who scored 90 and higher ( First Class Honors with Distinction) in the practical exams  are:

1. Kieu 
2. Esha
3. Keerthana
4. Sonali
5. Mark

 I am proud of all of you!

Those who took the theory exams all got First Class Honors with Distinction.
1. Alexandra -100%
2. Bella -96
3. Derek- 95
4. Radhika -92
5. Keerthana-95, 97
6. Anvita- 97
7. Anh- 99
8. Michelle- 96 

Keep up the excellent work!


posted Nov 21, 2013, 1:49 PM by Rowena Asuncion   [ updated Sep 5, 2017, 12:51 PM ]

Congratulations to the following students who garnered top honors in the Spring Assessment (May 2017) and Summer Assessment (August 2017).

Practical Exams
First Class Honors with Distinction (90% and higher)
August 2017
1. Khoi T.
2. Emily N.
3. Abigail May T.

May 2017
1. Preena M.
2. Artin F.
3. Aaron K.
4. Mia K.

Theory Exams May 2017
1. Mira P.


For the 2016, the following students have won Royal Conservatory Music Development Program Awards of Excellence:
  • Esha P. - Center Certificate of Excellence, Preparatory B Piano
  • Vuong N. - Center Certificate of Excellence, Preparatory B Piano
  • Kieu N. - Center Certificate of Excellence, Level 1 Piano
  • Jaleal T.- Center Certificate of Excellence, Level 2 Piano
  • Keerthana S. - State Certificate of Excellence, Level 8 Piano
  • Keerthana S. - Center Certificate of Excellence, Level 8 Piano
  • Mia K. - Center Certificate of Excellence, Level 3 Piano
  • Mira P.- Center Certificate of Excellence, Level 4 Piano
  • Michelle Y.- Center Certificate of Excellence, Level 6 Piano

Congratulations to all of us! Keep up the good work! 😀
The Music Development Program

Certificates of Excellence are awarded to students achieving the highest mark in their center and/or in their state on their Music Development Program assessment and who have also completed the theory co-requisites for their respective level and discipline.

National Gold Medals are awarded to students achieving the highest mark in the country on their Music Development Program assessment and who have also completed the theory co-requisites for their respective level and discipline.

These awards are an exceptional distinction—the result of hard work, dedication, talent, and a testament to skill and creativity. They also represent a national standard of musical achievement upheld by the invaluable support you provide to your students.

Congratulations once again on your students’ achievements, and thank you for participating in The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program.



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Dare to challenge yourself! 

Application for our forthcoming Spring Assessment is available in January, so check our RCM website at www.musicdevelopmentprogram.org often.

Announcements will be available in our studio as well.

Spring Events

posted Mar 7, 2013, 9:17 AM by Rowena Asuncion   [ updated Apr 14, 2016, 9:50 PM ]


           Students must play 1-2 pieces of their choice  from memory before the audience and a chosen adjudicator. This is in a recital format and a master class will follow after each recital. Medals and certificates will be awarded to all participants.
          Visit our Facebook page for more information.
          Sign up and get recognized!


          Students perform a solo piece before a panel of adjudicators. Contestants are divided by age category. For complete guidelines and rules, visit our Facebook page.

           Best wishes to all students who will take the RCM exams in May! As we all know, disciplined and motivated preparation is key in obtaining  top scores. Practice well and aim high!
          Remember to bring your repertoire and étude books as well as the  printed program form on the day of the exams. Practice, practice, practice!
           All graduating senior students and top performers and student awardees are featured in a celebratory concert. 

RCM Exam Reminders

posted Nov 6, 2012, 7:44 AM by Rowena Asuncion   [ updated Sep 5, 2017, 12:59 PM ]

Please check www.rcmusic.com for the registration schedule.

Congratulations to all students who are participating in this assessment! You have my support. Now, let's do our best, as always!

Reminders for test takers:
  • Please check the website (www.rcmusic.com) and your email for final schedule venue and times.
  • Download and fill up TAP exam form and bring it with you on the day of the exams
  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
  • Arrive 15-20 minutes earlier than your assessment time.
  • Bring your repertoire and étude books with you on your exam day. Make sure your scores are clean, so erase pencil marks on the pages of your repertoire.
  • For those taking the theory exams, don't forget to bring no. 2 pencils, eraser and ruler .
  • Practice, practice, practice. Correctly, diligently, mindfully. 
  • Read, review and do your practice tests!
  • Most importantly, have confidence in your abilities. If you prepared yourself adequately, there is no room for failure.

WINTER-SUMMER Break Schedule

posted Nov 1, 2012, 10:43 AM by Rowena Asuncion   [ updated Sep 5, 2017, 1:18 PM ]

Winter Break is 2 weeks after school ends. Lessons resume on the first day of school in January.

Summer Break is from June 10 until August 31.  Lessons are only on weekdays during this time. Please make arrangements at least 2 weeks before the break. We will have 2 group lessons for the summer. Stay tuned!

For students who are scheduled to take the MDP Summer and Winter assessment, please use this time to brush up  on your scales.😀

Upcoming Events 2017-2018

posted Nov 1, 2012, 10:30 AM by Rowena Asuncion   [ updated Sep 5, 2017, 1:13 PM ]

Fall 2017
1. MTNA Studio Festival
2. Young Artists Showcase and Competition
3. CAPMT Piano Auditions
4. CAPMT Ensemble Auditions


1. January 14, 2017. Celebration of Excellence Recital at University of Southern California, Alfred Newman Recital Hall.

The following students who garnered 90% and higher in their respective levels for the 2015-2016 Academic Year of the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program  in California are invited to perform:

a. Esha P.
b. Sonali P.
c. Keertha S.
d. Kieu N.
e. Mark P.
f. Rohan M.

Congratulations on your high achievement!

2. January 29: Adult Piano Students/Teacher Recital- Greene Music, Miramar Rd., San Diego.

3. CAPMT Southern California Festival

The following students garnered top "5" scores in CAPMT District 1 Piano and Ensemble Auditions last November 2016, and will represent San Diego in February 11, 2017. Venue: Cal State Long Beach.

Piano Auditions:
1. Trinette D.
2. Anika M.
3. Riva R.
4. Ahn N.

Ensemble Auditions:
1. Cattien & Khoi T.
2. Michelle Y. & Alexandra O.

Well done!

4.2017 Winter Festival: Music of the 3Bs (Bach, Beethoven, Brahms).Register now! Two available divisions: competitive and non-competitive. Levels: Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced.

Entry Deadline: February 4, 2017.
First prize winners receive cash prize!

Online registration available at https://sdsouthcapmtorg.wordpress.com/604-2/. Make checks payable to SDSC.

Venue: Mount Soledad Presbyterian Church, La Jolla, CA

5.  March 18-22, 2017. MTNA Conference, Baltimore, Maryland. No piano lessons!

6. CAPMT  SDSC Pop Music Festival- April 29, 2017. Venue: St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Del Mar,CA. Start picking your repertoire.

7. May 13-14: RCM Theory Exams
    May 27: RCM Practical Exams. 

    Online registration is now open. Visit www.musicdevelopmentprogram.org.

8. May 14: CAPMT SDSC 2017 Young Performers Competition. Venue TBA. Check back soon! 

9. June 4- Studio Spring Recital. All participating students will be performing 2 solo pieces or a solo and an ensemble piece. Recognition awards will be given to honor our student of the month recipients and our student of the year, as well as top-performing students for this 2016-2017 school year. 


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