Piano Department Performance Week Information

The Piano Department will host the following types of virtual spring jury.

1. Zoom Beginner Recitals

  • Live performance on Zoom
  • Recommended for school-age students in levels Primer – 3.
  • Repertoire requirement: One or two pieces.
  • Not evaluated.

Zoom Recital Sign-Up Form

2. Zoom Adult Recitals

  • Live performance on Zoom
  • Recommended for adult students of all levels.
  • Repertoire requirement: One or two pieces (8 minutes max).
  • Not evaluated.

Zoom Recital Sign-Up Form

3. General Jury via YouTube Video Submission

  • Video evaluation submitted via YouTube upload.
  • Recommended for adult and school-age students of all levels.
  • Repertoire requirement: Technique (Keyboard Skills or etude) and/or Repertoire pieces (1 or 2 pieces). No sightreading.
  • Students will receive written feedback from the faculty judges.

Jury Video Submission Form

4. Certificate Jury via YouTube Video Submission

  • Video evaluation submitted via YouTube upload.
  • Recommended for adult and school-age students Levels 1 or above.
  • Repertoire requirement:
    Keyboard Skills in one key, an etude, four pieces from contrasting periods.
    Sightreading evaluation for Level 9 students. All other levels – no sightreading.
  • Memorization is required.
  • Students will receive written feedback and a grade from the faculty judges.
  • Level 10 Certificate candidates must discuss and confirm jury plans directly with Sayaka Jordan, Chair of Piano.

Jury Video Submission Form

Forms

Sign up forms will open at 10:00am on April 26 and close at 11:59pm on May 10. Please discuss the jury options with your teacher.

Guidelines for YOUTUBE VIDEO SUBMISSION

DEADLINE: Monday, May 10, 2021, 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.”

FAQs

What is the requirement for the jury video?
Please check the repertoire requirement for each category listed at the top of this page.  Level 10 Certificate candidates must have the program approved by the Level 10 Jury Panel in advance.

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

Do I need to memorize?
Memorization is required for Certificate Jury. For other juries and recitals, memorization is not required but preferred.

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?
A grade will be awarded for Certificate Jury.

Will students receive a certificate?
A certificate will be mailed to Certificate Jury participants upon request.

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