Parents are always interested in knowing whether or not their child is progressing. They often also want to know if their child is progressing at an above average, average or below average rate. At KMI every student is taught at his/her own rate, but some effort is made to ensure students progress at a minimal pace.
In the case of piano students, participation in the Annual PPTA Piano Evaluations is a good indicator whether or not the student is progressing at an above average, average or below average rate.
In addition, many parents are not aware that a music education typically requires 8-10 years to reach the advanced levels, at least 5 years to participate in one of the prestigious youth ensembles (Three Rivers Symphonette or Three Rivers Young People's Orchestra), and at least 8 years to participate in one of the High School level youth ensembles (Mendelssohn Youth Choir and Pittsburgh Youth Symphony). Since all youth ensembles have an age limit, the student must attain the minimum proficiency level required for the ensemble prior to that age in order to participate.
The pages above can give you an idea of how much time it takes for a child to progress and what bench mark events indicate advancement.