1. Teacher Membership

You must be a current member of SAM and SAA to participate in SAM Graduation.

For more information, email Erik Graf at

2. Teacher Registration and Volunteer Information

Volunteering for graduation is the most important contribution to the event’s success. Fill out the online form. Include a substitute if you cannot attend.

3. Student Registration

Teachers are responsible for registering each of their students through a portal that will be made available in the fall preceding the Graduation (e.g. October 2021 for 2022 graduation)

Teachers pay for each student by credit card at the time of registration.

For 2022: Teachers are responsible for obtaining parental consent for SAM Covid guidelines prior to registering the student(s).

4. Fees

  • Registration for one instrument, one level is $40.
  • Registration for same instrument, additional levels is $20.
  • Application Fee for Upper Level Solo Opportunity at Benson Hall is $10.


January 15, 2022

  • Online teacher registration, volunteer and payment information
  • Online Student Registration

January 15–17 midnight

  • Teachers may edit registration at no charge

January 18–19 midnight

  • Teachers may edit registrations paying fee of $10 per student.
register today!


Students will make a video—without accompaniment—of the graduation piece for each of the levels from which they are graduating. The video will be uploaded to YouTube and the link will be submitted with the online student registration. All graduation pieces will be performed play-in style at the Graduation Recitals.

Students are expected to polish their previous pieces thoroughly for this performance.

You can view recording directions here.


The core of Graduation is celebrating student progress and achievement. After all graduation videos are received, each teacher will receive a list of videos from area students not in their studio to provide comments for. These sheets will be returned to students at Graduation. You may choose to print the form and write handwritten comments if you prefer.

Fillable Comment Form: Adobe Instructions Mac Instructions PC Instructions
Listening Guidelines and Suggestions


In order to graduate from: Prerequisite pieces The graduation piece for this level is:
Twinkle Level The Little Fiddle, German Folk Song Twinkle Theme and Variations
Level 1 Late Book 2 The Little Fiddle, German Folk Song
Level 2 Late Book 3 March in G Major by J.S. Bach
Level 3 Mid-book 4 L’Elephant by C. Saint-Saens
Level 4 Mid-book 5 Sonata in E Minor by Benedetto Marcello