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Piano Lessons: National Music Certificate

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NMC stands for National Music Certificate,
and more information
about this program can be found at
What the National Music Certificate or NMC
program does is,
is a national music certification program,
and they have practical tests.
Which include piano playing, playing
through pieces, etudes,
muscular elements like scales, chords,
Ear training and sight reading, as well as
theory tests.
The judges for the NMC program are all
standardly trained,
so they're not just music teachers.
They have to go through a rigorous
training process to help standardize
the results.
The system was brought into the United
States a co, a few years ago, but
has been used for many, many years in
Canada through the Royal Conservatory.
And it trains students in an extremely
thorough way.
Through passing their ten levels and
through passing off the ten levels, it's
almost equivalent to getting a Bachelor's
of Music degree in, in the States.
So, the reasons I really love NMC is
because the judges are standardized.
So that means that some judges aren't
easier or
harder than others so the scores become
more significant.
The other reason I like it is because it
is a national program.
There are other music evaluation programs
out there that are really fantastic, and
that I support as well.
But the problem has been that every state
has their own certification program.
So, if I'm living in California and I move
to Michigan, I have to relearn
an entirely new evaluation system, and
they are completely different.
So each state gets to choose the elements,
the advancement, and how difficult it is.
And then all of the judges are local
teachers who come in, and
some are harder than others.
I know there are also evaluation systems
that give ratings such as superior,
good, fair, or poor.
And as a music teacher, those markings are
hard for
me to really know what's going on with my
So what I love about NMC is their rating
system is a number based system
with 60 being the lowest passing mark.
So you can passed an NMC exam at 60, and
it moves all the way up to 100.
And I think it's policy that they actually
never give a 100, it's just impossible.
So, the other great thing about NMC is
they're very strict at their judging,
meaning they have the highest of
expectations for the students.
They expect all the, the details to be
there, they expect for
the hand position to be correct.
They expect for all the dynamics to be
there, for everything to be fluent and
well prepared.
It also covers very thoroughly all the
periods of music, and
has a fantastic technical approach.
The great thing about Peery is I've built
the Peery curriculum,
the Player's curriculum, to work
seamlessly with NMC.
So that means if you're in Player's One
and have become Peery Certified, or
are prepared for your Peery Certification
in the musical and the muscular,
you're also prepared to take the NMC exam
of the same level.
So if you're ready in Peery's Player One,
you can take the NMC exam in Piano
Practical Level One.
Students who are prepared enough to become
Peery certified in any of the player's
levels, consistently score in the 90s or
in the 80s in their NMC exams.
So it's a great part to become of this
it's a great way to become part of this
national system and really make sure that
you're getting a thorough music education.
So you have the choice of becoming Peery
certified and NMC certified.
Or one or the other.
So if it's your goal, I, I really
recommend that you do both.
That you become Peery certified and are
checking with me along the way,
that all of your elements are there and
that you're learning it correctly.
And then after you've completed all of
your certification,
that you sign up to take an NMC exam.
They're held twice a year, so
you can either take them in the winter
around November, December, or
they're in the spring they're held in May,
June that, that time frame.
And you'll want to refer to their website for
the exact deadlines for those exams.
I think for the winter the deadline is in
And for the spring exam, the deadline is
in February.
So, it's well before the exam, so you'll
want to kind of think of ahead.
You don't need to have me sign you up for
It's completely student driven, but if you
enter my teacher number,
which is 00363, when you register you'll
be attached to my database so
that when I log in, I can see your
And see how you're doing on all the levels
that you've passed.
So again, you can do Peery Certification
or NMC Certification, or you can do both.
And I really recommend you go for your
Peery Certification first.
Make sure we've fine tuned all of your
And then you go for your NMC Certification
pass that off at the national level as