Palos Verdes Strings - Private Lessons, Group Ensemble & Orchestra Performance
The Royal Conservatory of Music
Music Development Program
Formerly known as the Carnegie Hall Achievement Program
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
The Royal Conservatory
 
The Royal Conservatory of Music is one of the largest and most respected music education institutions in the world.  Providing the definitive standard in music education through its materials, assessment, performance, and teacher education, the programs of The Royal Conservatory have had a substantial impact upon the lives of millions of people globally.  The Royal Conservatory has helped to train a number of great artists including Glenn Gould, Oscar Peterson, David Foster, Sarah McLachlan, Angela Hewitt, and Diana Krall.
 
Motivated by its powerful mission to develop human potential through music and the arts, The Royal Conservatory has emerged over the last two decades as a leader in the development of arts-based programs that address a wide range of social issues.  For more information on the Royal Conservatory of Music, please visit http://www.rcmusic.ca/.
 
 
The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program is on of the largest and most respected music education institutions in the world and has been providing the definitive standard of excellence through its
 curriculum, assessment, performance, and teacher education  
 programs for more than 100 years.
        
 The Music Development Program assessments allows students to  celebrate accomplishment and track their progress with others across the country through high quality consistent evaluations.
 
 Teachers and parents can be assured that the ratings the   
 students receive are based on a national standard, not locally.
 
The program provides a recognized national standard of musical  success through an effectively sequenced course of study from beginner to advanced levels.
 
The program prepares students college applications, whether
 they plan to continue with music or major in any other field.
 
 Sealed transcripts are available upon request to be sent to        
 colleges, units may be issued for credit given depending upon
 the colleges.
 
 
 
 
 
 Michele Nardone - Teacher Number #12933
 
Monique Nardone - Teacher Number #12935
 
 
 
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December 2015

Palos Verdes Strings
Founding School For
"The Royal Conservatory Of Music"
 Music Development Program
Formerly known as the Carnegie Hall Achievement Program
 
Examinations For Registered Students
2015
Held Over Three Days
By Appointment
At Hesse Park, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.





Don Lum
 Adjudicator For 
"The Royal Conservatory Of Music"
Palos Verdes Strings
December 2015 Examinations
Assessments Where Completed For
55 Registered Students


Don Lum's Bio

Don Lum has been teaching violin for over thirty-five years. Beginning his studies with Douglas Stewart, Don has received training in Canada as well as the United States. As both a performer and educator, Don remains active as a chamber musician, most recently being the Concertmaster for the Vancouver Sinfonietta; in addition, Don regularly acts as an adjudicator for music festivals, as well as working as an examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music. He is also the annual strings co-ordinator for the Festival on the Lake.

As a clinician, Don has presented workshops in Western Canada pertaining to violin technique. Of particular importance to him is the prevention of injury; correcting bad form and posture is one extent of his expertise. Don takes pride in his work, using his knowledge and experience to develop emerging talent.

Don’s students have been prizewinners of local, provincial and national awards. His students have also gone to study at prestigious institutions, including the Peabody Conservatory, the Eastman School of Music, the Mannes School of Music as well as the Cleveland Institute of Music. Currently, one of Don’s former students is the principal second violinist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.









 
 




 
December 2014
 
Palos Verdes Strings
Founding School For
"The Royal Conservatory Of Music"
 Music Development Program
Formerly known as the Carnegie Hall Achievement Program
 
Examinations For Registered Students
2014
Held Two Days
By Appointment
At Hesse Park, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.





Maureen Yen

 Adjudicator For 
"The Royal Conservatory Of Music"
Palos Verdes Strings
December 2013
&
December 2014
Examinations

 
Maureen Yen's Bio

An acclaimed violinist from Canada, Maureen Yuen has been involved in numerous School of Music projects, including the complete Bach Brandenburg Concerti and Vivaldi/Piazzolla Seasons concert with her colleagues, since joining SUNY Fredonia in 2004. She co-founded the annual composition competition at SUNY Fredonia in 2011 with Dr. Robert Deemer.

Yuen was awarded a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from the University of British Columbia at the age of 21.

She is a string adjudicator with Kiwanis Music Festivals in Canada and a member of the College of Examiners of the Royal Conservatory Music. In her role as a senior adjudicator and strings specialist with the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program, formerly known as the Carnegie Hall Achievement Program, Yuen has adjudicated string students at all levels across North America, as well as given presentations at the Eastman School of Music and other institutions.

Active in chamber music collaborations and coaching, she was a founding member of the English Bay String Quartet, which toured North America and the Caribbean.

Yuen gives solo and chamber music recitals and master classes throughout North America, including Western Illinois University, Brock University, Pasadena Conservatory, Cleveland State University, Louisiana State University, Ohio University, Northern Ohio University and the University of Minnesota at Duluth.

Yuen -- who performs as a soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Canada, Norway, and Italy -- has earned acclaim for concerts featuring the Beethoven Violin Sonata Cycle and complete Brahms Sonatas with pianist Fr. Sean Duggan, as well as the complete Prokofiev Sonatas. Her interest in new music resulted in her becoming a featured performer at the Composer’s Workshop at the annual New York State School Music Association’s Winter Conferences in 2010 and 2011.

She is one of only two adjunct music instructors throughout SUNY to receive the Chancellor’s Award.

Chancellor’s Awards are presented in the following categories -- Faculty Service, Librarianship, Professional Service, Scholarship and Creative Activities, Teaching and Classified Service – in addition to Adjunct Teaching. The awards acknowledge and provide system-wide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence.





The Royal Conservatory
Music Development Program
Honoring
Michele Nardone & Monique Nardone's
 Excelling Exams Students
For
Academic Year of  2013-2014

Michele Nardone had  two students Madison Ke and LilaRose Yelin and Monique Nardone had her student Trinity McKenny, who were in the top of the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program in California for academic year 2013-2014.

They achieved marks of 90% or higher (First Class Honors with Distinction), and were invited to perform for The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program State Celebration of Excellence Recital CAPMT (California Association of Professional Music Teachers) State Conference on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at  California State University, Los Angeles.

Family and friends were invited to attend! The celebration of excellence Recital was followed by a reception. Participating students received a special certificate.



Madison Ke




 LilaRose Yelin




Trinity McKenny





 
December 2012
 
Palos Verdes Strings
Founding School For
"The Royal Conservatory Of Music"
 Music Development Program
Formerly known as the Carnegie Hall Achievement Program


Examinations For Registered Students
2012
Held Two Days
By Appointment
At Hesse Park, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.



Jan Amsel


 Adjudicator For 
"The Royal Conservatory Of Music"
Palos Verdes Strings
December 2012 Examinations
Assessments Where Completed For


Jan Amsel's Bio

As a faculty member at Mount Royal College Conservatory Jan Amsel was director of the Preparatory Academy program and coached many chamber music groups to festival victories as well as conducting master classes and coaching orchestra groups. She has also taught private and group classes at Calgary’s Suzuki Talent Education and at the University of Texas String Project. As a Mount Royal University branch teacher she presently maintains a private studio; Jan's students have won many awards and scholarships.

Her major teachers were Andor Toth, Leonard Posner, and Charles Treger.


A string examiner for The Royal Conservatory since 2000, Jan Amsel has examined across Canada and in the United States for the Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement Program. She has adjudicated festivals in Western Canada and in Ottawa and has also presented several teacher seminars in Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario.


Ms. Amsel is a full-time violinist in the first violin section of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, a position she has held for over thirty seasons. Passionate about music education, she is an active member of the CPO education committee and has performed chamber music in dozens of Calgary schools, libraries, hospitals, and seniors' facilities. In 1999 Jan Amsel created a highly successful series for the CPO called Saturday Morning at the Symphony, which she hosted and guided until 2012 when she developed a new series, Behind the Scenes at the CPO. Active in the Calgary chamber music scene, she has been a member of the Alberta Chamber Players and the Kensington Sinfonia. She performs in a violin/cello duo with her husband, CPO principal clarinetist Steve Amsel.


In 2006 Ms. Amsel was chosen as one of two Teaching Musicians from Southern Alberta for the National Arts Centre’s new program, Music Alive. Since then she has done solo presentations in over 150 schools and shared the lives and music of Vivaldi, Mozart, and Beethoven with over 16,000 Alberta students and teachers.








 
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