American College of Musicians/National Guild of Piano Teachers

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Certificates  Founder's Medal  Early Bach  Advanced Bach  Sonatina Medal  Sonata Medal

Questions and Answersjohn

The Guild Audition is a "System Engineering". The Guild Auditions are "unique" in several ways:

#1: Controllability

Teachers have TOTAL control over the programs selected for each student. Students may program 1-20 pieces and perform them from memory OR program 1-8 pieces as a Hobbyist and perform these works WITH music.

Students who audition receive THREE awards: the formal Adjudication sheet, the Diploma and a gold, silver or bronze pin (based on the number of pieces programmed).

Students must meet technical requirements when auditioning in Guild. Part of every auditions (except for absolute beginners) is that the student MUST perform the scale and cadence for each piece programmed. It is an absolute requirement. The student then ALSO has the choice of additional technical "phases" that may be included for the examination: groups of scales and cadences, arpeggios, ear training, transposition, sight-reading and improvisation.

The Vice-President of the American College of Musicians reviews "new publications" for over 93 world-wide publishers. Every new piece of repertoire is listed and classified in the PIANO GUILD NOTES magazine which each teacher receives 4 times a year. Therefore, every teacher is aware of every new publication as well as the classification level in which each piece would be enrolled in Guild Auditions.

#2: Flexibility

Every piece of repertoire (except exercises) may be programmed in regular auditions and may include classical works, arrangements, method-book literature, ensembles, duets/duos/trios/quartets, concerti and jazz. Unless a student wishes to perform one of the "specialized" programs (Sonata, Sonatina, all-Bach, High School Diploma, Collegiate Diploma or Young Artist Diploma in which there are more specific repertoire requirements), a teacher may program whatever is being taught in his/her studio.

Contrary to other auditions, the student is enrolled according to the level of difficulty of the works programmed, NOT according to their age, grade in school or amount of time studied. (THERE ARE ADDITIONAL CLASSIFICATIONS FOR "PRODIGY" STUDENTS!)

Repertoire enrolled in Auditions does NOT have to be pre-approved unless the program is applying for one of the "specialized" programs listedAlthough most student perform one program yearly, THEY ARE ALLOWED TO PROGRAM SEVERAL PROGRAMS!!! (example: a memorized program, a separate duet program, a jazz program, an ensemble program)

ONE piece by a student composer is allowed as part of that student's enrollment.

#3: Intergration

Each and every piece programmed in student auditions is adjudicated in the areas of accuracy, continuity, phrasing, pedaling, dynamics, rhythm, tempo, tone, interpretation, style and technique. The report card/diploma is the most complete of any audition form.

Teachers are allowed to request a private meeting with the judge. If they do not request a meeting, the judge will give EACH teacher a "confidential opinion report" following the adjudication of a teacher's studio (at no fee).

Students have the opportunity to work toward Scholarships as well as the "National/International" rolls.

Teachers have the opportunity to achieve "Certification" and the "Hall of Fame," the highest honors for teachers. These awards are achieved through the participation/achievement of students in the teachers' studios!!!!