Why have a school-wide Awards Program? We want the learning process at PCS to be a positive and fun experience, but we understand that making progress takes time and consistent effort. So we designed our Skillmasters Awards Program to give our students attainable goals in a way that teaches, inspires, and motivates – and gives every student the opportunity to be rewarded for their hard work and progress.
The PCS Skillmasters Awards Program© is designed to give every school-age student a chance be rewarded for achieving specific and level-appropriate musical goals. With the guidance of their teachers, students become well-round musicians as they make consistent progress in sight reading, memory, practice, composition, performance, concert attendance, and music history.
The Skillmasters Progress Monthly Tracker pages can be found in front of the PCS Assignment Notebook. This monthly progress tracker is designed to ensure that students keep up with the Awards requirements in order to earn an award at the Spring Recital. Parents can also check these pages at any time to monitor their children’s progress.
Parents can also help by encouraging their child to complete the weekly Skillmasters Awards report section with each weekly assignment page, and by helping their child find ways to earn the various categories.
Earn a category – earn a button! We have our eye on the culmination of the Skillmasters Awards Program at our Spring Recitals. But we celebrate each student’s progress along the way as they earn Skillmasters buttons to put on their PCS tote bags every time they finish one of the seven major Skillmasters categories.
Students are then given various awards at the Spring Recital according to their level of achievement. How many categories a student earns determines the level of award, but it is our goal to inspire each student to achieve the highest award – the BRILLIANTE trophy!
SKILLMASTERS AWARDS PROGRAM LEVELS
Grande (2 categories earned) – certificate
Impressivo (3-4 categories earned) – certificate and ribbon
Splendimente (5-6 categories earned) – certificate and medal
Brilliante (all 7 categories earned) – certificate and trophy
Here at PCS, we want to help every student not only build musical skills, but also discover joy in making music a very natural and important part of who they are—for now and for life.