THE AMERICAN MUSICIANSHIP SUITE
The American Musicianship Suite™ is a comprehensive program for pre-collegiate musicianship training in The United States. Its carefully graduated ten levels provide an unbroken path from a rudimentary musical beginning to highly sophisticated musical skill and awareness. The program and curriculum offer a powerful arts continuum that can bridge and enhance a wide range of pedagogical needs, and they are organized so that they may be adapted to various programs of study. The American Musicianship Suite provides administrators with clear, comprehensive structure for implementing a superb and effective musicianship program—as well as objective measurements of student achievement—and it provides teachers with unprecedented clarity, flexibility, and support in teaching the skills and awareness that comprise meaningful musicianship and musical literacy.
The architecture and design of The American Musicianship Suite were developed through a rich fund of extensive hands-in-the-dirt practical experience and in-depth research of a number of pedagogical philosophies. The program and curriculum draw upon John Dewey’s pragmatist educational philosophy, as well as the work of Émile Dalcroze, Zoltán Kodály, Carl Orff, and Shinichi Suzuki. However, the research and methods of Adele Diamond and Mike Rose so inform the pedagogical design, philosophy, and approach of The American Musicianship Suite as to warrant special mention. An overview of the genesis, background, and philosophy of The American Musicianship Suite™ is detailed in the preface to the Director Manual. A brief, “friendly” introduction to the program is provided in the preface to the Teacher’s Guides.
The American Musicianship Suite™ is available for on-site use by authorized institutions through annual licensing. The program is available only to institutions whose musicianship faculty have achieved an undergraduate degree in music (in any musical discipline) from an accredited institution. Academic contingency for licensure of The American Musicianship Suite™ helps to ensure the integrity and success of individual musicianship programs as well as appropriate implementation and use of curriculum. A press kit providing a detailed overview of the program and curriculum is available by special request for a nominal fee.
The American Musicianship Suite™ is distinguished among similiar programs as wholly philanthropic. It is uniquely comprehensive and highly effective in cultivating the skills and awareness that comprise musicianship and musical literacy. The architecture and scope and focus of the work are synergistic and rigorously cumulative—and they are organized so that the program and curriculum may be adapted to various programs of study. Comparison of The American Musicianship Suite with congruous elements of similarly directed materials demonstrate that the program and curriculum are uniquely comprehensive and of unparalleled quality. The curriculum meets or exceeds standards for: the National Conservatory of Music of America (NCMA), the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada (RCM); The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in London, England (ABRSM); The Music Teachers National Association (MTNA); the National Association for Music Education (MENC); and the Achievement in Music program (AIM).