Senior Assessments/Graduation Standards

TRUMPET

  • BM
    • A 60-minute (minimum) recital consisting of at least 4 contrasting pieces on at least 3 different instruments.
    • Instrumental assessments and recitals in the BM may not repeat repertoire from previous assessments and recitals.
      • Performance quality must be at or very close to a professional standard in tone, phrasing, endurance, range, articulation, technique, facility, etc.
  • BME
    • A 30-minute (minimum) recital consisting of at least 3 contrasting pieces.
      • Performance quality must be at or approaching a pre-professional level. One or two years away from achieving a professional standard of tone, phrasing, endurance, range, articulation, technique, facility, etc.
  • BA/BMA
    • Performance of one work (concerto, etude, selection of orchestral excerpts).
      • Performance quality must be at a level befitting a very good public performance.
    • All dominant (Mm7) seventh chords and all fully-diminished 7th chords beginning on any note.

HORN

  • BM
    • A 60-minute (minimum) recital consisting of at least 4 contrasting pieces from a range of musical eras.
    • Instrumental assessments and recitals in the BM may not repeat repertoire from previous assessments and recitals.
      • Performance quality must be at or very close to a professional standard in tone, phrasing, endurance, range, articulation, technique, facility, etc. Understanding of musical expression must be demonstrated.
  • BME
    • A 30-minute (minimum) recital consisting of at least 3 contrasting pieces from a range of musical eras.
      • Performance quality must be at or approaching a pre-professional level. One or two years away from achieving a professional standard of tone, phrasing, endurance, range, articulation, technique, facility, etc. Understanding of musical expression must be demonstrated.
  • BA/BMA
    • Performance of one work (concerto, etude, selection of orchestral excerpts).
      • Performance quality must be at a level befitting a very good public performance. Understanding of musical expression must be demonstrated.

TROMBONE

  • BM
    • A 60-minute (minimum) recital consisting of at least 4 contrasting pieces.
    • Instrumental assessments and recitals in the BM may not repeat repertoire from previous assessments and recitals.
      • Performance quality must be at or very close to a professional standard in tone, phrasing, endurance, range, articulation, technique, facility, etc.
  • BME
    • A 30-minute (minimum) recital consisting of at least 3 contrasting pieces.
      • Performance quality must be at or approaching a pre-professional level. One or two years away from achieving a professional standard of tone, phrasing, endurance, range, articulation, technique, facility, etc.
  • BA/BMA
    • Performance of one work (concerto, sonata, or through composed).
      • Performance quality must be at a level befitting a very good public performance
    • Fluency in bass, tenor, and Bb treble clef

EUPHONIUM

  • BM
    • A 60-minute (minimum) recital consisting of at least 4 contrasting pieces.
    • Instrumental assessments and recitals in the BM may not repeat repertoire from previous assessments and recitals.
      • Performance quality must be at or very close to a professional standard in tone, phrasing, endurance, range, articulation, technique, facility, etc.
    • Upper register with a useable concert high Eb and a double pedal C.
    • Fluency in Bb treble clef, as well as tenor clef.
  •  BME
    • A 30-minute (minimum) recital consisting of at least 3 contrasting pieces.
      • Performance quality must be at or approaching a pre-professional level. One or two years away from achieving a professional standard of tone, phrasing, endurance, range, articulation, technique, facility, etc.
    • Upper register consists of useable high concert C# and a pedal F.
    • Fluency in Bb treble clef, as well as tenor clef.
  • BA/BMA
    • Performance of one work (concerto, etude, sonata, or through composed work).
      • Performance quality must be at a level befitting a very good public performance.
    • Fluency in Bb treble clef, including sight reading of standard literature.
    • Upper register to a useable high concert C, and expanding low register as far as possible.

TUBA

  • BM
    • A 60-minute (minimum) recital consisting of at least 4 contrasting pieces.
    • Instrumental assessments and recitals in the BM may not repeat repertoire from previous assessments and recitals.
      • Performance quality must be at or very close to a professional standard in tone, phrasing, endurance, range, articulation, technique, facility, etc.
  • BME
    • A 30-minute (minimum) recital consisting of at least 3 contrasting pieces.
      • Performance quality must be at or approaching a pre-professional level. One or two years away from achieving a professional standard of tone, phrasing, endurance, range, articulation, technique, facility, etc.
  • BA/BMA
    • Performance of one work (concerto, etude, selection of orchestral excerpts).
      • Performance quality must be at a level befitting a very good public performance.

STRINGS

  • BM
    • A 60-minute (minimum) recital of at least three complete major works in contrasting style prepared to the level of a conservatory student
      • Collaborative repertoire may be included, not to exceed 25% of the 60-minute minimum playing time (ca 15 minutes)
    • Instrumental assessments and recitals in the BM may not repeat repertoire from previous assessments and recitals.
  •  BME
    • A 30-minute (minimum) recital of at least two complete works in contrasting style prepared to a level appropriate for public performance
      • Collaborative repertoire may be included, but must be in addition to the 30 minute minimum time

PIANO

  • BM
    • A 60-minute (minimum) recital representing at least three periods, performed by memory.
    • Instrumental assessments and recitals in the BM may not repeat repertoire from previous assessments and recitals.
    • Students should display a strong measure of technical proficiency and musical maturity, and a thorough understanding of musical style.
      • Recital must include a complete Classical sonata
      • Collaborative repertoire may be included, not to exceed 25% of the 60-minute minimum playing time (ca 15 minutes). ​Collaborative repertoire does not need to be memorized.
  • BME
    • A 30-minute (minimum) recital that includes works from at least three different periods.
    • Performance quality must be at or approaching a pre-professional level. At least 50% of the recital material is to be performed from memory.

VOICE

  • BM
    • A full recital (60 minutes of Music) in a variety of styles and languages; students should display an understanding of foreign language translation, an advanced understanding of stage deportment, and a thorough understanding of musical style.
  •  BME
    • A Half recital (30 minutes of Music) in a variety of styles and languages; students should display an understanding of foreign language translation, a growing understanding of stage deportment, and a thorough understanding of musical style.

WOODWINDS

  • BM
    • A 60-minute recital performance of at least three works in contrasting styles from several eras, including one work for chamber ensemble
    • Students should display a strong measure of technical proficiency on their instrument, advanced understanding of stage deportment, and a thorough understanding of musical style.
    • Instrumental assessments and recitals in the BM may not repeat repertoire from previous assessments and recitals.
  • BME
    • A half-recital (30 minutes) of music in contrasting styles from several eras
    • Students should display a strong measure of technical proficiency on their instrument, a growing understanding of stage deportment, and a thorough understanding of musical style.