Students will make a video of the graduation piece for each of the levels from which they are graduating. The video will be uploaded to YouTube and the link submitted with the student’s online registration. Students graduating from Book 1 must perform a piece within the Suzuki books for the graduation recital, either their graduation piece or a different piece at the teacher’s discretion. For students graduating from Books 2 to 7, the teacher may choose a piece outside of the Suzuki repertoire from the suggested composers list below. This piece should be representative of the skill level of the graduating book.
Only the graduation piece needs to be recorded unless the student is a graduate from book 6 or 7 and would like to be considered as a soloist at Benson Great Hall. (See Guideline 3 below.)
You can view recording directions here.
Pianists will perform only one piece (or one sonata or sonatina movement) at the graduation recitals with some exceptions for Books 6 and 7 graduates. Due to recital time constraints, it is recommended to abstain from repeating the exposition in the sonata form movements.
Students graduating from Books 6 and 7 may play 2 or more pieces that belong to a group, e.g. Bartok Roumanian Dances, or pieces that are traditionally played together, e.g. preludes and fugues.
Students graduating from Books 6 or 7 have the opportunity to audition to perform a solo at the Benson Great Hall. Students who are interested should upload an additional video to YouTube if they want to play a different piece and submit the link with the student’s online registration. Several students will be selected by the Upper Level Soloist Graduation Committee to perform at Benson Great Hall based on preparation, technique, artistry, and variety of repertoire on the graduation recital. There is a $10 fee for this application.
The teacher helps the student prepare for SAM’s Statewide Graduation Recitals by making sure the student’s recital piece exhibits all of the following in order to bring the music to a high musical level:
- Appropriate tempo
- Clean articulation
- Beautiful tone
- Dynamic contrast
- Sense of style and musicality appropriate to the piece
- Ease of performance
- Good balance between left and right hands
The student has had experience playing the selected recital piece on at least one previous occasion before an audience.