Have you ever wondered whether your child could use a little extra motivation? Is she in it for the long run? Are you worried whether studio lessons are preparing her adequately? If you answered yes to any of these questions, opting for a certificate program might just be the right path for you.

Certificate programs are devised to assess the progress of students throughout their music studies. Once the teacher places students in their appropriate level, students follow carefully designed lesson plans that culminate in periodical examinations designed to monitor their progress and expose potential areas in which they could improve.

Music School 21 offers several options for certificate programs, both affiliated and proprietary, all structured to promote a progress, motivate students, and provide them with the tools to keep exploring the wonderful art of music.

Music School 21 Certificate Program

Tailored to the needs of aspiring young artists, our certificate track helps prepare those students who see themselves continuing their instruction past their secondary school. Our state or the art curriculum prepares and motivates students by setting clear annual goals, culminating in a comprehensive examination at the end of each academic year.

The program is divided into 10 levels, making it easy for students to enter at any point; our teachers will place students in the appropriate level, issuing a certificate after every examination.


Music School 21 works closely with some of the largest music associations in the country and abroad. As Independent Music Teacher Forum Chair, Music School 21 CEO Rok Palcic particularly values its connection to the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and its Virginia chapter, the VMTA. Our students have the ability to take part in all MTNA competitions and festivals.


The Associated Board of the Royal School of Music (ABRSM) is widely regarded as one of the most reputable methods of assessment. Originating in the United Kingdom, the program is available worldwide and has one of the most prolific network of educators and students.

Students who wish to participate are required to take primary instrument (or voice) as well as music theory lessons.