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Why Choose The Music Development Program?

A Comprehensive Program of Musical Development

The Music Development Program (MDP) encompasses four main areas:


Repertoire

  • 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.

Technique

  • 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

  • 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 Achievement 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
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