Graduation Requirements

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In order to graduate from any level in the Suzuki repertoire (violin, viola, or cello) students must meet the following requirements:

  • be recommended by his/her teacher
  • know all the material in the graduating level as well as all prior levels
  • participate in a STEP group class or chamber ensemble and be a member of STEP
  • produce a recording of recommended pieces by the deadline set by STEP
  • Any exceptions to the above rules must be presented to the teachers involved and the Artistic Director for approval

Recordings can be submitted in a number of different formats, i.e., audio recordings on a CD or thumb drive, video recordings on a DVD or on YouTube. CDs/DVDs/thumb drives will be given back at the concert. Graduation Concerts are held each year in October or November.

VIOLIN

Graduation Levels

  • Book 1: Gavotte (Gossec)
  • Book 2: Minuet (Boccherini)
  • Book 3: Bourree (Bach)
  • Book 4: Concerto in D minor (Bach)
  • Book 5: Gigue from Sonata in D minor (F.M. Veracini)
  • Book 6: (Silver) La Folia
  • Book 6: (Gold) Handel D major
  • Book 7: (Silver) Handel A major
  • Book 7: (Gold) Bach A minor
  • Book 8: (Silver) Eccles
  • Book 8: (Gold) Veracini E minor
  • Book 9: Mozart A major
  • Book 10:Mozart D major

Selection to be recorded for each level

  • Book 1:
    • All Twinkle variations and theme
    • O Come Little Children
    • May Song
    • Allegro
    • Etude
    • Minuet 2
    • Minuet 3
    • Gavotte (Gossec)
  • Book 2:
    • Chorus
    • Hunter’s Chorus
    • Long, Long Ago + Variation
    • Two Grenadiers OR Witches Dance
    • Gavotte (from Mignon) OR Gavotte (Lully)
    • Minuet (Boccherini)
  • Book 3:
    • Gavotte (Martini) OR Gavotte (Becker)
    • Minuet (Bach)
    • Humoresque
    • Bouree (Bach)
  • Book 4:
    • Any ONE movement of a Seitz Concerto
    • Any ONE movement of Concerto in A minor (Vivaldi)
    • Concerto in D minor (Bach)
  • Book 5:
    • Concerto in A minor 2nd movement (Vivaldi) OR Concerto in G minor 2nd movement (Vivaldi)
    • Any ONE movement of Concerto In G minor(Vivaldi)
    • Gigue from Sonata in D minor (Veracini)
  • Book 6:
    • Silver
      • La Folia (Corelli)
    • Gold
      • Sonata in D major (Handel)
  • Book 7:
    • Silver
      • Sonata in A major (Handel)
    • Gold
      • Concerto in A minor (Bach)
  • Book 8:
    • Silver
      • Sonata (Eccles)
    • Gold
      • Sonata in E minor (Veracini)
  • Book 9:
    • Mozart A major
  • Book 10:
    • Mozart D major

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VIOLA

Book 1: same as violin except:
French Folk Song (instead of O Come Little Children) AND
Bohemian Folk Song (instead of May Song)
Book 2: same as violin
Book 3: Gavotte (Becker)
Gavotte In G minor
Nina (Pergolesi)
Bourree (Bach)
Book 4: Seitz – either one of the Concertos Telemann Viola Concerto – complete
Level 5: Sonata in G minor (Marcello)
Level 6: Suite in G major (J. S. Bach)
Level 7: Old French Dances (Marais)
Level 8: Concerto in C minor (J.S. Bach)–>

CELLO

Graduation levels

  • Book 1:
    • Minuet 2
  • Book 2:
    • Gavotte (Gossec)
  • Book 3:
    • Humoresque
  • Book 4:
    • Minuets from Suite No.1 for unaccompanied cello (Bach)
  • Book 5:
    • Concerto No.4, 3rd movement (Goltermann)
  • Book 6:
    • Concerto No.2 in D major
    • Rondo (Breval)
    • The Swan (Saint-Saens)

Selections to be recorded for each level

  • Book 1:
    • ALL Twinkle variations and theme
    • French Folk Song
    • Allegro
    • Minuet in C
    • Rigadoon
    • Minuet 2
  • Book 2:
    • Long, Long Ago
    • Minuet 1 OR Minuet 3
    • Hunter’s Chorus
    • Musette OR Bourree
    • Two Grenadiers OR Witches’ Dance
    • Gavotte (Gossec)
  • Book 3:
    • Gavotte (Lully) OR Gavotte (Bach)
    • Scherzo
    • Humoresque
    • La Cinquantaine
    • Any ONE of the following:
      • Minuet (Boccherini)
      • Minuet in G major (Beethoven)
      • Minuet 3 (Bach)
  • Book 4:
    • Minuets from Suite No.1 for unaccompanied cello (Bach)
    • Any ONE movement from Sonata In C major (Breval)
    • Chanson Triste (Tchaikovsky)
  • Book 5:
    • Sonata No.5 (Vivaldi) – TWO contrasting movements
    • Concerto No.4, 3rd movement (Goltermann)
    • Arioso OR Gigue from Suite No. 1 for unaccompanied cello (Bach)

REMEMBER: the deadline for graduation applications and recordings is the week of the NLSI.