Evaluation and Assessment

Evaluations are interactive and fun
Evaluations are interactive and fun!

Every student is capable of achieving his or her full potential with the right teaching approach. Whether your goal of music is for pure pleasure or winning piano competitions, we can help you achieve them. A baseline of understanding current skills and artistic talent of each student is paramount to success and in reaching your desired goals.

Parents and students alike, regularly ask of their progress and their ability to learn. In addition, more ambitious students seek supplemental coaching and advice for auditions and music contests and competition.

At Gradus ad Parnassum, we offer evaluation and assessments services that give our students an edge to performing at the highest level. Depending on the student's current level and age, we can conduct a comprehensive evaluation to discover the skills of a student in the following area:

  • Musical Hearing
  • Rhythm
  • Technique
  • Knowledge of music theory
  • Sight Reading
  • Repertoire
  • Attention span
  • Fine motor skills
  • Hand-eye coordination


Our unique ability to appraise student skills and potential comes from our experience in teaching students around the world, participating in music competition as judges, and preparing and evaluating students for admittance to prestitigous music conservatories.

Our evaluation is designed to be a warm and welcoming experience for students and their parents. During the evaluation our experts will answer any of your questions.

The fee is $25 for an evaluation. The duration of this extensive evaluation may be up to 45 minutes.

If you decide to take lessons with us the $25 fee will be deducted from your first month's tuition fee. Please contact us for an appointment.



Piano student medal award winners
Welford C. and Wilona C. Winners of
US Open Music Competition

Mock Judging for Audition and Competition


This unique and invaluable service give students master coaching tips from our renown performing artists, offering guidance and inspiration to our participants.

Students at all levels can participate in our mock judging to prepare for auditions or music competitions. This special, single session private recital give insight to students as to what produces a winning performance and will result in the highest standard of musicianship from the student that top schools and judges seek.

Our success in preparing students for performance is unparelled—we provide intensive performance training within the stimulating and inspiring environment.

This service is designed to supplement current student lessons, whether from Gradus ad Parnassum or other schools. Please contact us for more detail.




Student success highlights


  • 2nd Prize - The Queen Elisabeth International Piano Competition, Brussels
  • 1st Prize - The Vianna da Motta International Piano Competition, Macau
  • 1st Prize - The Alessandro Casagrande International Piano Competition, Terni
  • 2nd Prize - The City of Porto International Piano Competition
  • 2nd Prize - The Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, Moscow
  • 1st Prize - The AXA International Piano Competition, Dublin
  • 3d and 4th Prizes - Epinal International Piano Competition
  • 1st Prize - The Lev Vlasenko International Piano Competition, Brisbane
  • Gold Medals at the US Open Music Competition, Oakland
  • MTAC Certificates of Merit, ABRSM Exam Certificates

Student school admissions


  • Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory
  • Royal Academy of Music
  • Royal College of Music
  • Guildhall School of Music and Drama
  • San Francisco Conservatory
  • Stanford University
  • Berklee College of Music
  • King’s College London
  • University California Berkeley