What is Certificate of Achievement?
Each spring, our students participate in Certificate of Achievement at Boise State University. This total musicianship program:
- Provides a systematic and comprehensive plan to develop their skills in piano repertoire, technique, ear training, theory, and sight reading;
- Creates specific annual goals and rewards to help students maintain focus and discipline;
- Encourages students to strive for musical excellence.
Annual 5-Part Evaluation
Levels include Young Beginner, Preparatory, and Levels 1-10. Students receive a personal five-part evaluation each year:
- Sight Reading
- Ear Training
Each student receives a detailed written progress assessment from a skilled music educator, and their graded theory exam. The student also receives a certificate showing the level they achieved and their scores in each area.
Students also earn a point for each portion of the evaluation which they pass, up to four points per year. A trophy is awarded each time the student has achieved 12 points, and for students who achieve Level 10.
Enrollment and Location
The enrollment fee is due each November, and the evaluations are held each April. Enrollment is approximately $25-$40, depending on the student's level.
Certificate of Achievement is held at the Morrison Center at Boise State University. Park in the Brady Parking Garage.
Important Tips For Students
- Bring your printed music for the judge to see.
- Dress professionally in slacks, skirt, or dress. No jeans or tennis shoes! Be sure your shoes are comfortable for pedaling.
- Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled time, to find parking and find your room.
- The student will play in a private room for a judge ("adjudicator"). Parents may listen outside the door.
- After playing, go to the theory room and ear training rooms for those tests.
- Students are free to leave after they finish their playing and exams.