Give Alberta Private Music Students the Credit They Deserve

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The Alberta Registered Music Teachers' Association (ARMTA), together with concerned parents and students and the community at large, are asking the Alberta Department of Education to restore the numeric mark previously awarded to students for completing the requirements for the Royal Conservatory of Music and Conservatory Canada Grade 6, 7, and 8 examinations. These requirements include a practical examination in an instrument or voice with an additional examination in music theory.  For the past forty years, high school students were able to obtain 15 high school credits for Music 10, 20, and 30 with a mark that appeared on their high school transcript. These marks could be used for university entrance standings. In the 2015-2016 school year, this was substituted with a simple Pass standing since it was considered a transfer credit rather than one given directly by Alberta Education. Students were encouraged to instead provide a transcript from the Royal Conservatory or Conservatory Canada. However, universities will only use marks on their provincial transcripts for entrance requirements. Alberta private music students are not being given the full credit that they have received for decades. Every other province in Canada continues to grant full credit with a mark for the same examinations that have rigorous national standards to ensure continuity across the country. This is unfair.

The practice of obtaining credit for private music study has been a source of encouragement to youth who choose to study music privately. This is especially true in areas where classroom music is not offered. In addition, in order to study instrumental music at university, especially piano and voice, students must have had private training in order to fulfill the audition requirements to enter university music programs because this training is not offered in public schools. Private music students are studying at their own expense, and a typical student spends 1-2 hours per day practicing and studying theory in order to obtain their Grade 8, which is often more than a typical 30 level course. By giving only a Pass, Alberta Education is devaluing the importance of music education and the time, effort, and expense that students have invested in obtaining these national standards. 

Please sign this petition in support of restoring high school credits for private music study with a mark to Alberta students. 

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