Washington School

136-J Washington St. SE

Albuquerque, NM 87108


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Montgomery School

10701 Montgomery Blvd. NE

Albuquerque, NM 87111


The NMSM Performance Assessment Program is a non-competitive performance evaluation event held each spring.  It is open to students of all ages and levels subject to their teacher’s recommendation.


Students perform privately for an outstanding performer/teacher and receive written and verbal comments, and a certificate and ribbon.


There are 10 levels in the Performance Assessment Program.  The student’s teacher will determine the level appropriate for the student based on the student’s age, length of study, repertoire, and level of advancement.


The NMSM Performance Assessment Program is an excellent incentive and goal for students to work towards each year.  It is also a preparatory event for students who may want to participate in the diploma program of the Royal Conservatory of Music (Canada) Music Development Program.


To participate in this event and for more information please speak with your teacher.


2017 Performance Assessment Date: April 9, 2017

Application deadline:  March 27, 2017

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Performance Assessment Program

NMSM is pleased to be the only New Mexico school to offer the Royal Conservatory (Canada) Music

Development Program, and a certified assessment center.


The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program provides a recognized national standard of musical success through an effectively sequenced course of study from beginner to advanced levels. The Music Development Program inspires excellence through individual student assessments and allows students to celebrate accomplishment and track their progress with others across the country. It also supports teachers with high-quality and innovative resources.


The Music Development Program encompasses four main areas:



Each level includes a broad selection of pieces representing a variety of styles and periods.  The repertoire selections are leveled progressively in difficulty and are periodically reviewed to keep the selections fresh and innovative.



Each level of technique is designed to support the demands of the repertoire for that level.  Technical requirements includes scales, chords, arpeggios, patterns, and études.



Musicianship skills are developed through a thoughtful and consistent approach to the development of reading and aural skills in conjunction with the repertoire goals and requirements.  Musicianship skills give students a solid foundation for independent creative musical explorations.


Musical Literacy

The Music Development 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.


For more information about the RCM program please speak with your teacher, and visit:  musicdevelopmentprogram.org


2017 RCM Assessment Date: June 4, 2017

Application Deadline (online):  February 14, 2017

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The New Mexico School of Music will host the Seventh Annual Dennis Alexander Piano Competition on March 11, 2017.  The climax of the event will be a Winner’s Recital at Keller Hall, UNM on Sunday, March 12, 2016.  All competition events are free of charge and open to the public.


For repertoire requirements and rules, and to download an application please visit: dennisalexanderpianocompetition.com


2017 Dennis Alexander Competition:  March 11, 2017

Applications Deadline:  February 8, 2017

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