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The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program (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.

Since 2011, the Fox River Academy has been a Founding School and an official National Testing Center for the Royal Conservatory, with performance and theory assessments taking place on-campus at our main facility. Testing (for both Theory and Practical/Performance) take place every six months in Spring and Fall sessions. Fox River Academy also has several teachers on staff who are registered RCMDP instructors and are comfortable with preparing students for testing within the program.

For more information about participating in the Music Development Program, please contact the Fox River Academy, or visit the RCMDP’s official website at   link:

What are the Benefits of a National Standard?
  • A clear, consistent, and meaningful structure for recognizing achievement and rewarding excellence

  • An objective way to value and promote the importance of music study across the country and empower teachers and students at all levels to celebrate excellence

  • Esurance of equality for all students, no matter where they are located

  • Integrity of assessment through the constant review of adjudicators, processes, and materials

  • Enhancement of the competitive edge and awareness of performance standards on the national level

How Does a National Standard Benefit Students and Their Families?
  • A national standard represents an opportunity for students to measure their progress and achievements both individually and with their peers, which supports the continued pursuit of excellence.

  • All students, regardless of location, are assessed according to the same guidelines and have access to the same resources for learning and preparation.

  • Students advance based on their personal learning achievements, regardless of age or school grade.

  • Families are assured that their children are taking part in a nationally recognized and fully supported program with continued opportunities for assessment and personal development.

  • Families gain a clearer understanding of musical progress and achievement, and recognize opportunities for the personal growth of their children.

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