Royal Conservatory Music Development Program


What Is the Music Development Program?

The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program was created in response to feedback from parents and teachers throughout the United States who said they would welcome a top-quality nationally-recognized program enabling them to measure students’ progress and musical achievement. The Music Development Program is based on the highly successful RCM Examination program, established by The Royal Conservatory in 1886, through which more than 100,000 students, children and adults, are currently assessed annually in communities throughout Canada.

The Music Development Program provides comprehensive materials and tools for music educators including sequential program guides, repertoire lists, and online educational resources. The Official Piano Syllabus outlines The Music Development Program’s requirements for beginner through advanced levels, including an extensive list of repertoire appropriate for each level of musical development, and a comprehensive bibliography. In addition to its focus on performance, the program also encompasses sequential learning in the areas of technique, musicianship, music theory, music history, and pedagogy.

Robin Alciatore and Pam Perry are Music Development Program founding teachers, and both serve as Music Development Program Assessment Representatives for the Beach Cities/Palos Verdes assessment center. Assessments are conducted twice a year at the beautiful Palos Verdes Golf Club in Palos Verdes Estates.


A Sequential Course of Music Study

Central to the approach of The Music Development Program are periodic assessments for students: one-on-one adjudicator-to-student performance evaluations that also function as valuable teaching/learning opportunities. Students and their teachers work together to choose and prepare a selection of repertoire to perform for the adjudicator and review technical and musicianship requirements appropriate to the student’s level. In each practical assessment, a certified professional adjudicator evaluates a student’s performance of repertoire, studies/etudes, and musical proficiency skills. Following the assessment, students later receive a detailed written evaluation with suggestions for continued growth and development as well as information about their current level of achievement. Assessments are also offered in the academic subjects of music theory and music history. Once all of the components of a particular assessment level are successfully completed, students are awarded certificates.

One of the most important aspects of The Music Development Program is how it encourages students to work from level to level. This sequential course of study is meant to provide a clear, consistent, and meaningful path to recognize achievement and reward excellence across the US, and raise awareness of the value of studying music at the national level. For more information, please visit


A recognized path toward music achievement