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Piano Department Performance Week Information

The Piano Department will host the following types of virtual jury during Levine’s Performance Week, December 14 – 19, 2020.

1.  Zoom Beginner Recitals
Recommended for school-age students in levels Primer – 3.
One or two pieces. Not evaluated.

2.  Zoom Adult Recitals
Recommended for adult students of all levels.
One or two pieces (8 minutes max). Not evaluated.

3.  Technique and/or Repertoire Jury via YouTube Video Submission
Recommended for school-age students in levels 1 – 10 and adult students of all levels.
Students will receive written feedback from the faculty judges.
Please read the Guidelines for YouTube Video Submission below.


Please discuss the jury options with your teacher before submitting these forms. These forms will open at 10:00am on November 23 and and close at 11:59pm on December 7.


DEADLINE: Monday, December 7, 2020, 11:59pm

1. Instructions for recording a Jury video
(Click HERE for a sample jury video by Avi Dulitzky-Tenner, student of Ted Cooper)

  • Please announce at the beginning of the video your name and program.
  • Please record in a well-lit, quiet room free of audible and visual distractions and position the camera at the side of the piano where the performer’s whole body is in the frame. Video must clearly show the performer’s face, hands and pedals.
  • Recordings made with a professional camcorder and microphones are highly recommended. The use of iPhones or similar quality devices that reproduce good quality sound are also acceptable.

2. Instructions for uploading your video to YouTube

STEP 1: Create YouTube account (Skip this step if you have a Google account)
Go to https://www.youtube.com/ and create an account.
(Click HERE for a tutorial video “How to Create a YouTube Account”)

STEP 2: Verify your account (Skip this step if your video is shorter than 15 minutes)
Follow these instructions from the YouTube Help Center to verify your account: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/71673?

NOTE: YouTube requires a person to be at least 13 years old to have an account.

STEP 3: Upload Video to YouTube

  • From computer, go to https://www.youtube.com/upload (Click HERE for a tutorial video “How to Upload Videos from Computer”)
  • From phone or tablet, use the YouTube App.
    (Click HERE for a tutorial video “How to Upload Videos from Phone/Tablet”)

VERY IMPORTANT – Change privacy setting from ‘PUBLIC’ to ‘UNLISTED.’ This ensures that only people with the specific video URL can watch the video.

STEP 4: Paste the YouTube link in your Jury Submission Form.
Paste in the field titled “Performance Link Submission.”


Is the technique portion required?
Technique study is an important part of the Piano Department’s curriculum. Although it is not required for the jury video, presenting a scale routine and etude is highly recommended for consistent student progress.

What is the requirement for the jury video?
Students may record one Keyboard Skills key and an etude for the technique portion and/or one or two pieces for the repertoire portion. Memorization is not required but preferred.

Do students need to record the program in one take?
No. Students will not be required to submit the program in one take.

Do students need to dress up?
Please dress up and document the best shot of your important achievement.

Are there any educational benefits in the recording process?
Creating a satisfactory recording of a performance is never an easy process (especially at home!). This repetitive process of recording, listening and re-recording is one of the best ways for musicians to learn and improve their performance and critical listening skills. We also encourage our students to continue sharing their music, especially during this pandemic. We hope that the jury videos will be enjoyed by friends and family. In addition, many students submit a piano performance video as a part of the supplementary packages for college applications.

Do students need to provide music scores for the judges?
No. Judges do not require music scores for this jury.

Will judges award grades along with the written feedback?
The Piano Department does not award grades in the fall jury.

Will students receive a certificate?
No certificates will be given for this jury.

My video is 30 minutes. Can I still upload it to YouTube?
Yes. With a verified account, the largest file size you can upload is 12 hours.
Note: To verify your account, please follow STEP 1 of “Instructions for uploading your video to YouTube.”

If you have any additional questions, please contact the piano chair at your campus:
Sayaka Jordan, Piano Department Chair (MD Campuses), sjordan@levinemusic.org
Deborah Lloyd (DC Campus: NW), dlloyd@levinemusic.org
Topher Ruggiero (VA Campus), truggiero@levinemusic.org
Paul Bratcher (DC Campus: THEARC), pbratcher@levinemusic.org