Honors Music Program

Honors Music Program
Alison Neely, Director
Craig Levesque, Academic Coordinator
John Paul Velez, Jazz Coordinator
Emily Vite, Program Assistant


Young Artist (YA)

Young Artist is the premiere, performance-oriented division of the Honors Music Program, and its students are gifted and highly motivated. YA students receive a comprehensive music education and through the program, accelerate their development into top performers and musicians. The program is taken in addition to private lessons. Students are required to take weekly 45- or 60-minute private lessons and may study with Conservatory faculty or with teachers outside of the Conservatory. Instrumental students between the ages of 8 and 18 may audition to major in piano, guitar, violin, viola, cello, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, horn, trumpet, and trombone. Singers ages 14 to 18 may audition to major in voice, and students ages 10 to18, who have completed the theory and composition portfolio requirements, may apply to major in composition.

Curriculum
Instrumentalists attend four weekly classes: Chamber Music, Theory and Ear Training, Music History, and Jazz Improvisation. YA students showcase their achievements in five public performances each year: two YA Solo Recitals, two Honors Program Chamber Music Concerts, and the HMP Jazz Concert. YA students also participate in Solo Performance Classes four times during the year.

YA vocalists attend four weekly classes: Diction, Vocal Repertoire, Theory and Ear Training, and Music History. YA singers showcase their achievements in four public performances each year: two YA Solo Recitals, and two HMP Chamber Music Concerts. Vocal students are encouraged to enroll in piano lessons. Throughout the year outreach performances, workshops, and master classes presented by distinguished artists are included in the special opportunities offered to our YA students.

The curriculum culminates in the senior year, when students enroll in Senior Seminar—a course designed to meet the particular interests of each senior class—and prepare and perform their senior recitals. Seniors receive significant college admissions support, and families may meet with the director to discuss options and strategies. An impressive admissions packet accompanies seniors’ music school applications or college and university arts supplements. The student transcript, a recommendation letter from the director, and press materials are included in the student’s folio.

Ongoing Evaluation
YA students’ solo performance is evaluated yearly by a panel of Conservatory faculty. Under the direction of the private teacher, each student prepares a program of solo repertoire, in accordance with the guidelines of the YA Performance Curricula. Following their theory courses, students are evaluated through the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program and take their theory exams through Harmony 1. After completing these exams students prepare for the Advanced Placement Music Theory exam. Students then progress to college-level theory courses in Counterpoint, Analysis, Orchestration, and Composition, allowing many graduates to accelerate their college study. Grades are awarded in all classes each semester, and a transcript is maintained.

Attendance
Student schedules are customized according to age and course level. Most students attend the full program for four hours on Saturdays. Elementary and middle-school students usually attend from 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. while high-school classes are held between 11:45-3:30 p.m. Students must commit to the full nine-month program. No more than two absences per term are allowed.

Auditions
Audition materials, a brochure, and the HMP handbook are available in the Conservatory office and on the program’s website at www.honorsmusicprogram.com. A registration form must be completed and the $30 audition fee paid before the audition. Upon acceptance, the registration fee and tuition deposit are due before the student will be placed in classes. Contact Alison Neely at youngartists@rider.edu for more information.

Number of weeks: 30
Tuition:  $2,700 (includes materials; additional fees are charged for exam registrations and for additional theory workbooks if the student requires more than one per year. Private lesson tuition is not included.)


Young Musician (YM)

Young Musician is designed for the highly motivated instrumental student who is interested in deepening his or her musical study through participation in the Honors Music Program. The program is taken in addition to private lessons. Students are required to take weekly 45- or 60-minute private lessons and may study privately with Conservatory faculty or with teachers outside of the Conservatory. Instrumental students between the ages of 8 and 18 may audition to major in piano, guitar, violin, viola, cello, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, horn, trumpet, and trombone.

Curriculum
The YM curriculum includes three weekly classes: Chamber Music, Theory and Ear Training, and Music History. Each year students showcase their achievements in two performances in the Honors Program Chamber Music Concerts. YM students also participate in Solo Performance Classes four times during the year. Additional opportunities for our YM students include Conservatory-wide recitals, outreach concerts, master classes, and workshops presented by distinguished artists.

Ongoing Evaluation
Each year YM students have a solo performance evaluation by members of the Conservatory faculty. Evaluation repertoire includes two contrasting pieces and an etude, which students prepare under the direction of their private teachers. Following their theory courses, students are evaluated through the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program and take their theory exams through Harmony 1. After completing these exams students prepare for the Advanced Placement Music Theory exam. Students then progress to college-level theory courses in Counterpoint, Analysis, Orchestration, and Composition, allowing many graduates to accelerate their college study. Grades are awarded in all classes each semester, and a transcript is maintained.

Attendance
Student schedules are customized according to age and course level. Most students attend the program for four hours on Saturdays. Elementary and middle-school students usually attend from 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. while high-school classes are held between 11:45-3:30 p.m. Students must commit to the full nine-month program. No more than two absences per term are allowed.

Auditions
Audition materials, a brochure, and the HMP handbook are available in the Conservatory office and on the program’s website at www.honorsmusicprogram.com. A registration form must be completed and the $30 audition fee paid before the audition. Upon acceptance, the registration fee and tuition deposit are due before the student will be placed in classes. Contact Alison Neely at youngartists@rider.edu for more information.

Number of weeks: 30
Tuition: $1,980 (includes materials; additional fees are charged for exam registrations and for additional theory workbooks if the student requires more than one per year. Private lesson tuition is not included.)


Young Music Scholar (YMS)

Young Music Scholar is a non-performance-oriented program for students interested in enriching their music education through the study of Music Theory and Music History. The program accepts students ages 8 to 18. YMS students are accepted based on a private teacher recommendation, an interview with the HMP director, and on class availability in the student’s particular age and level. An audition is not required.

Curriculum
YMS students take two weekly classes: Music Theory and Music History. Students follow the HMP graded theory curriculum. Students progress through Music History survey courses and then enroll each year in one of several Music History electives, which are offered on a rotating basis.

Ongoing Evaluation
Following their theory courses, students are evaluated through the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program and take their theory exams through Harmony 1. After completing these exams students prepare for the Advanced Placement Music Theory exam. Students then progress to college-level theory courses in Counterpoint, Analysis, Orchestration, and Composition, allowing many graduates to accelerate their college study. Grades are awarded in all classes each semester, and a transcript is maintained.

Attendance
Schedules are customized according to age and course levels. Most students attend both classes on Saturdays. Elementary and middle-school classes are offered between 9:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and high-school classes are offered between 11:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Students must commit to the full nine-month program. No more than two absences per term are allowed.

Application materials and the HMP Handbook are available in the Conservatory office and on the program’s website at www.honorsmusicprogram.com. Upon acceptance, the registration fee and tuition deposit are due before the student will be placed in classes. Contact Alison Neely at youngartists@rider.edu for more information.

Number of weeks: 28
Tuition:  $1,120 (includes materials; additional fees are charged for exam registrations and additional theory workbooks if the student requires more than one per year; private lesson tuition not included.)


Honors Music Program Faculty

Ben Cahill
Laura Cascante
Diana Charos-Reilly
Carol Comune
Michael Green
Ikumi Hiraiwa
Larissa Korkina

Julia Kovalev
Patricia Landy
Craig Levesque
Flora Newberry
Elena Panova
Galina Prilutskaya
Kyu-Jung Rhee

Marvin Rosen
Angelina Shapoval
Rita Shklar
Danielle Sinclair
Richard Tang Yuk
John Paul Velez
Kevin Willois

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