Violin Graduation2019-08-01T22:25:09-05:00


1. Teacher Membership

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

SAM Teacher Membership (rolling). Questions? Email Vadamali 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 2019 for 2020 graduation)

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

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, 2020

  • 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.


Guideline 1

Students will make a video—without accompaniment—of the graduation piece for each of the levels from which they are graduating. Teachers will submit a YouTube link with the student online registration. All graduation pieces will be performed play-in style at the Graduation Recitals. Students are expected to polish all earlier graduation pieces for this performance.

Guideline 2 (Upper Level)

Considering that it takes a high level of musical and technical ability to play Mozart well, it is advantageous to study other repertoire before books 9 and 10. As is consistent with the other levels, students should not be graduating from the piece they are currently studying.

Upper Level Soloist graduates (levels 9 and 10 with a piece that could be considered a solo) may or may not be asked to perform as a soloist due to recital variety, performance quality, and stage time constraints.

A video with piano accompaniment is required for all Upper Level students.


Only revised Violin Editions (Books 1-8) will be used.


In order to graduate from: Prerequisites: The graduation piece for this level is:
Twinkle Level F. J. Gossec, Gavotte S. Suzuki, Twinkle Variations A, B, C, D, E and Theme
Level 1 Early Book 3 F.J. Gossec, Gavotte
Level 2 Late Book 3/Early Book 4 A. Thomas, Gavotte from “Mignon”
Level 3 Late Book 4/Early Book 5 J.S. Bach, Bourrée (Revised Edition notes and bowings)
Level 4 Late Book 5/Early Book 6 A. Vivaldi, Concerto in A minor, 1st movement
Level 5 Late Book 6/Early Book 7 A. Vivaldi, Concerto in G minor, 1. Allegro
Level 6 Late Book 7 A. Corelli, La Folia
Level 7 F. Veracini, Sonata (Book 8) J.S. Bach, Concerto in A minor, all movements

All movements of the Concerto in A minor will be recorded. At the Graduation Recitals only the 1st and 2nd movements may be performed.

Level 8 F. Kreisler, Sicilienne and Rigaudon
F. Kreisler, Tempo de Minuetto
J. Massenet, Meditation from “Thais”
V. Monti, Czardas
E. Severn, Polish Dance
W. Ten Have, Allegro Brillante
F. Veracini, Sonata, all movements

All movements of the Sonata will be recorded. At the Graduation Recitals only the 2nd movements will be performed.

Level 9 Two of the following pieces are suggested prerequisites:

J.B. Accolay, Concerto No.1 in A minor
B. Bartok, Romanian Folk Dances
L.V. Beethoven, Romance in G Major, Op.40
L.V. Beethoven, Romance in F Major, Op.50
P. Nardini, Concerto in E Minor
B. Smetana, Aus der Heimat
H. Wieniawski, Legende, Op.17

All movements must be studied and recorded, including cadenzas:
J.S. Bach, Concerto in E Major, all movements
C. de Beriot, Concerto No. 7, Op.76
C. de Beriot, Concerto No. 9 in A Minor, Op.104
C. de Beriot, Scene de Ballet
F. J. Haydn, Concerto No.2 in G Major
D. Kabalevsky, Concerto in C Major, Op.48
F. Kreisler, Preludium and Allegro
R. Kreutzer, Concerto No. 19 in D Minor
W.A. Mozart, Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K.216
W.A. Mozart/Kreisler, Rondo
P. Rode, Concerto No. 7 in A Minor, Op.9
C. Sinding, Suite in A Minor, Op.10
G.B. Viotti, Concerto No. 23 in G Major
T.A. Vitalli, Chaconne