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The Achievement Program: Teaching Success in Music and in Life

On January 30th at the Milbank Chapel at Columbia University’s Teachers College, independent music teachers from the New York City area will gather to learn more about The Achievement Program.

Launched in March 2011 as a partnership between Carnegie Hall and The Royal Conservatory, The Achievement Program provides a recognized national standard of success in music study from beginner to advanced levels across the United States.

At the session, pianist Bryan Wagorn—an alumnus of the program—will perform and talk about his experience with The Program.

Growing up as a shy kid in a rural town, music was a means through which I could develop my creativity, self-esteem, and sense of self-worth. My piano, theory, and music history lessons were a motivating factor in my life, and allowed me to meet people with whom I had a lot in common. The skills that I developed through regular assessments—discipline, time management, dealing with nerves, presenting myself—are things that I put to use on a daily basis in my professional and personal life. The Achievement Program has the potential to motivate and inspire musicians of all ages, and cultivate musical and personal growth.

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