1. Teacher Membership

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

For more information, email Vanamali Medina 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.

The student information needed for registration is:

  • YouTube link to each graduation piece. Potential Upper Level Soloists need full piece information.
  • Name
  • Instrument
  • Age
  • Parent Name
  • Parent Email
  • County of Residence
  • Whether they are a graduating senior this year. 

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 15th

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

January 15–17th

  • Teachers may edit registration by emailing with the student name and invoice number. After midnight on Jan 17th, edits are at the discretion of the coordinators and may not appear the printed program.


Guideline 1

Students graduating from Twinkle through Level 6 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.

Note: Twinkle students must include the triplet variation in their video.

Guideline 2 (Upper Level)

Students graduating from Levels 7-10 make a video of a piece of choice with piano accompaniment (if the piece has accompaniment), to be considered for solo performance at the Graduation Recitals. The video will be uploaded to YouTube and the link will be submitted with the online student registration.

Guideline 3

For the graduation day group performance students are expected to thoroughly review and polish all graduation pieces that they know from Level 6 (The Swan) back through Twinkle.

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 Rigadoon (Bk 1) S. Suzuki, Twinkle Theme and Variations
Level 1 Middle to end of Book 2 J.S. Bach, Minuet 2, (all repeats)
Level 2 Middle to end of Book 3 G.F. Handel, Bourrée
Level 3 Middle to end of Book 4

G. Marie, La Cinquantaine.

The performance will follow the edition printed in Suzuki Book 3. All the printed notes will be played without repeats plus the complete DC al Fine. There will be no repeats and no cuts.

Level 4 Middle to end of Book 5 J.B. Bréval, Sonata in C major, I. Allegro (no repeats)
Level 5 Middle to end of Book 6 W.H. Squire, Danse Rustique
Level 6 Middle to end of Book 7 C. Saint Saens, The Swan
Level 7 Middle to end of Book 8

Any piece from Book 7

J.S. Bach, Unaccompanied Suite in G Major, BWV, 1007. One or two movements (excluding the Minuets which are in earlier books)

G. Goltermann, Etude Caprice, Op. 54, No. 4

F.J. Haydn, Divertimento, in D major, Hob.XVII:19, I or II

A. Minsky, Truckin’Through the South, Like Crazy, October Waltz

D. Popper, Gnomentanz, Op. 50, No. 2

S. Rachmaninov, Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14

M. Summer, Julie-O

Level 8

One major Concerto or equivalent

At least 2 of the Level 7 Graduation pieces

Any piece from Book 8

J.S. Bach, Unaccompanied Suite in D minor, BWV 1008 or C Major, BWV 1009 (excluding C major Bourrees)

E. Bloch, Prayer, from “Jewish Life”, No. 1

F. Francour, Sonata in E major, I, III, IV

G. Frescobaldi, Toccata

A. Dvorak, Waldesruhe, “Silent Woods”, Op. 68

A. Glazunov, Minstrel’s Song, Op. 71

D. Popper, Vito, Op. 54

R. Schumann, Fantasy pieces, Op.73

Level 9 Must have studied two pieces from Level 10 and beyond

J. Haydn, Concerto No. 1 in C major, HoB.VIIb:1, I or II

J.S. Bach, Unaccompanied Suite No. 4 in E major, BWV 1010.

Two movements (dance pairs = 1 movement

L. Boccherini, Concerto in B-flat major, G.482, II

M. Bruch, Kol Nidrei, Op. 47

A. Dvorak, Rondo, Op. 94

E. Elgar, Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85, I and III

F. Francour Sonata in E major, II

J. Haydn, Divertimento in D major, Hob.XVII:19, III

E. Lalo, Cello Concerto in D minor

D. Popper, Hungarian Rhapsody, Op. 68

D. Popper, Tarentella, Op. 33

C. Saint-Saens, Concerto in A minor ,No. 1, Op. 33, I

R. Schumann, Adagio and Allegro Op. 70

J. Brahms, Sonata in E minor, No. 1, Op. 38 (all movements)

Level 10

Recommended to have student study 2 pieces from Level 9 and 1 piece from

level 10 before graduation from level 10

L. Boccherini, Concerto in B-flat major, G.482 Mvts. 1 and 3

J.S. Bach, Unaccompanied Suites 5 & 6, BWV. 1011 & 1012

Two movements (dance pairs = 1 movement)

L. Boccherini, A Major Sonata G.4, (all movements)

A. Dvorak, Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

E. Elgar, Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85, ii and IV

A. Ginastera, Pampeana, No. 2

J. Haydn, Cello Concerto , in D major, Hob.XVII:19, III

P. Hindemith, Solo Cello Sonata Op. 25, No. 3

E. Lalo, Cello Concerto in D minor (all movements)

Z. Kodaly, Cello Sonata Op. 8

A. Piazzola, Le Grand Tango

N. Paganini, Variations on One String

D. Popper, Elfentanz, Op. 39

C. Saint- Saens, Concerto in A minor, No. 1, Op. 33, III

R. Schumann, Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129

F. Schubert, Arpeggione Sonata, in A minor, D. 821

P. Tchaikovsky, Pezzo Capriccioso, Op. 62

P. Tchaikovsky, Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33