Hanson earns gold medal for guitar assessment scores

KINGSTON — Dietrich Hanson, 16, of Kingston earned a national gold medal from The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program for scoring the top mark on his Level 3 guitar assessment.

Dietrich’s teacher is Rick Cox of the Washington Academy of Music in Silverdale, a founding school of The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program (

“A national gold medal is an exceptional achievement — the result of a student’s hard work, dedication, and talent — and a testament to the skill and creativity of the recipient,” says Angela Elster, academic vice president of The Royal Conservatory.

“Medalists represent a national standard of music achievement upheld by support from teachers and parents of music students across America.”

National gold medals are awarded each academic year to music development program students who score at least 80 percent on their assessment and complete the co-requisite theory requirements for their respective level and discipline. Fifty-one students earned national gold medals, five of whom are residents of Washington state.


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