Washington School

136-J Washington St. SE

Albuquerque, NM 87108


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Montgomery School

10701 Montgomery Blvd. NE

Albuquerque, NM 87111


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


RCM Assessment Date:  May 20, 2018

Online Application Deadline:  February 13, 2018 (late applications may be accepted for an additional fee)

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