Proficiency Awards

Ask your teacher if you are ready to earn a proficiency award!

Students set goals with their teacher. The teacher will schedule an evaluation when they feel the student is ready to move to the next level. Upon completion, they will receive a certificate of achievement! This motivates students to stay focused and practice more often. Because students are always working towards a goal, they learn faster and have fun while doing so. Students learn at different speeds depending on length and number of lessons, so your teacher will schedule you for an evaluation when they think you are ready. The timeline below is only estimated.

 

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Da Capo (suggested 3 months of lessons.)
  • Note Reader test covers treble clef and bass clef note reading and identification.
  • Guitar Novice student can play a G major scale, G chord and C chord.
  • Breath support student can demonstrate while singing one song, the use of breath support with the diaphragm (belly breaths.)
Lento (suggested 6 months of lessons.)
  • Intervals test covers interval recognition (reading) for unison, 2, 3, 4, and 5ths.
  • Strum student can demonstrate 3 different strumming patterns on the guitar and play a beginner song using tab. and chords.
  • Guitar Player  student can play a C major scale, E minor chord and a D chord.
  • Pitch Matcher student can correctly match pitch. Student must sing a song of the teacher’s choosing.
Largo (suggested 9 months of lessons.)
  • Intervals student can identify at least 10 out of 15 ear training exercises where they identify by ear intervals of a 2, 3, and 4.
  • Rhythm student can play in time with a metronome a song of their teacher’s choosing. Tempo should be moderate to fast.
  • Guitar Troubadour student can play a F major scale, A minor , E major, and A major chords.
  • Vocal Troubadour student can sing a song of their teacher’s choosing that demonstrates control of breath, pitch matching, and use of vibrato.
Adagio (suggested 12 months of lessons.)
  • Intervals test covers interval recognition (reading) for unison, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8.
  • Accidentals student can identify sharp keys and flat keys on keyboard.
  • Rests and Rhythms student can identify rests and write out basic rhythm counts “1 2 3 4” Student will be asked to clap and count aloud the rhythms.
  • Guitar Musician student can play 2 8va major scales for G, C, and F. Student can play F major and D minor chords.
  • Vocal Musician student has learned and mastered 1 vocal riff.
Andante (suggested 15 months of lessons.)
  • I Major Scales test covers C, F, G, and D major scales, completed with both hands at the same time (piano).
  • Guitar Entertainer student can play a song using barre chords, tab, and other chords.
  • Nightingale student has mastered a song chosen by their teacher.
Moderato (suggested 18 months of lessons.)
  • Rockin’ and Movin’ student has mastered one song that moves through all three piano-hand positions C, F, and G.
  • Performer student can play (instrument of choice) and sing at the same time one song.
  • Classical Guitar student can play a classical song of the teacher’s choosing on guitar.
  • Songbird student has mastered a total of 2 vocal riffs.
Allegretto (suggested 21 months of lessons.)
  • Rhythm Rocker student can play and count out loud a song that utilizes different notes including eighth notes, dotted quarter and eighth rests. Student can also write out rhythms using “1 + 2+ etc. rhythm.”
  • Guitarist student can demonstrate at least 3 different modes and the E minor pentatonic scale.
  • 7th chords guitar student can play a song using barre chords, 7 chords, tab and chords.
  • I Diva student has mastered a total of 3 vocal riffs, shows complete control of breath, vibrato, and pitch matching.
Allegro (suggested 24 months of lessons.)
  • Music Dictionary test will cover all musical terms found on the back cover of Bastien Piano Level 1.
  • Chords student can play all 12 major chords on piano with both hands or student can play all 12 major chords on guitar.
  • II Major Scales test covers D, E, A, B major scales, completed with both hands at the same time (piano), or on guitar, in one 8va.
  • Guitar Instrumentalist student can play a song of their teacher’s choosing.
  • II Diva student has mastered a total of 4 vocal riffs, shows complete control of breath, vibrato, and pitch matching.
Vivace (suggested 30 months of lessons.)
  • III Major Scales test covers C#, Eb major scales, completed with both hands at the same time (piano), or one hand on guitar, in one 8va.
  • Guitar Pop Star student can play a song of their teacher’s choosing.
  • III Diva student shows mastery of stage performance, riffs, pitches, breath, on a song that the teacher chooses.
Presto (suggested 36 months of lessons.)
  • I Cartwheels student can play major triads C, F, G in block chord form, in all inversions: Root, 1st, and 2nd position.
  • Chord Progression student can play the I IV V chord progression in C, F, G with both hands on piano.
  • Guitar Star student can play all modes in all positions and perform a song of the teacher’s choosing.
  • Vocal artist student has come up with their own riff and mastered it throughout their vocal range.
Prestissimo (suggested 42 months of lessons.)
  • Key Signatures student must be able to identify and write out all 12 key signatures.
  • IV Major Scales test covers F#, Ab, Bb major scales, completed with both hands at the same time (piano), or one hand on guitar, in one 8va.
  • Guitar Player student can play all E minor pentatonic modes and all barre chords. Student can play an intermediate piece of the teacher’s choosing.
  • IV Diva student shows mastery of stage performance, riffs, pitches, breath, on a song that the teacher chooses.
Accelerando (suggested 48 months of lessons.)
  • V Minor Scales  test covers C, F, G natural minor scales, completed with both hands at the same time (piano), or one hand on guitar, in one 8va.
  • II Cartwheels student can play major triads D, E, A, and B in block chord form, in all inversions: Root, 1st, and 2nd position.
  • Guitar Super Star student can play melodic 2-3 minor scales, upper extensions and an advanced piece of the teacher’s choosing.
  • V Diva student shows mastery of stage performance, riffs, pitches, breath, on a song that the teacher chooses.
Pronto (suggested 54 months of lessons.)
  • Piano Piece student can play any one of these songs in their original version: Cannon in D, House of the Rising Sun, Barcarolle, or a piece approved by their teacher.
  • VI Minor Scales  test covers all D, E, A natural minor scales, completed with both hands at the same time (piano), or one hand on guitar, in one 8va.
  • III Cartwheels student can play major triads C#, and Eb in block chord form, in all inversions: Root, 1st, and 2nd position.
  • Guitar Professional student can play an advanced classical or jazz piece of the teacher’s choosing.
  • VI Diva student shows mastery of stage performance, riffs, pitches, breath, on a song that the teacher chooses.
Velocious (suggested 60 months of lessons.)
  • Piano Piece Idol student can play any one of these songs in their original version: Fur Elise, Album for the Young, Snell level three pieces, or a piece approved by their teacher.
  • VII Minor Scales  test covers all B, C#, Eb natural minor scales, completed with both hands at the same time (piano), or one hand on guitar, in one 8va.
  • IV Cartwheels student can play major triads F#, Ab, Bb in block chord form, in all inversions: Root, 1st, and 2nd position.
  • Guitar Idol student can play all melodic minor scales, triads, and upper extensions. Student can perform a classical, jazz, and pop/rock song. All three songs should be approved by the teacher, insuring that they are at the advanced level.
  • Vocal Idol student shows mastery of stage performance, riffs, pitches, breath, on a song that the teacher chooses.