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Piano Department Performance Week Information

Piano Department
Performance Week Information
May 16 – 21, 2022

Sign-up forms will open at 10:00 AM on April 22. Please revisit this page on or after April 22 to access the forms.

With safety foremost in mind, Levine Music has developed protocols to protect you and our community. Please review our Return to Campus Guide for further details on our safety protocols.

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

Beginner Recital

  • Offered in-person and virtual
  • For school-age students of levels Primer – 3.
  • Live performance, no evaluation.
  • Repertoire Requirement: One or two pieces. Method book selections are appropriate.
  • Dress code: Performance attire
  • Sign-up deadline: Friday, April 29, 2022, at 11:59 PM

Sign up for a Beginner Recital

Technique and Repertoire Jury via YouTube Video Submission

  • For adult and school-age students of all levels.
  • Video evaluation submitted via YouTube upload.
  • Students receive written comments (no grades) from two faculty judges.
  • Follow the Guidelines for YouTube Video Submission
  • Repertoire Requirement: Technique (Keyboard Skills or etude) and/or repertoire pieces (1 or 2 pieces).
  • Memorization: Not required.
  • Dress code: Performance attire
  • Video submission deadline: Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Sign up for a Video Submission Jury

General Jury (private)

  • For adult and school-age students. Recommended for level 1 and above.
  • Each student is assigned a private jury slot (no audience).
  • Students receive written comments and grades from two faculty judges.
  • Location: In-person at all six Levine campuses. Unvaccinated or out-of-town students who are unable to come to campus must contact the department chair by April 22 to set up a virtual Graded Jury option.
  • Repertoire Requirement: Technique (Keyboard Skills in one key or an etude), two contrasting solo pieces and sightreading. Method book selections are acceptable for levels 1-2. Sightreading must be at the same level or one level lower than Technique. Adult students may present one large-scale work in lieu of Technique and the second repertoire piece.
  • An incomplete Keyboard Skills or piece may not be presented in a Graded Jury.
  • Students may opt out of grades and participate in Ungraded Jury. For Ungraded Jury, the repertoire requirement is flexible, and sightreading is optional.
  • Memorization: Not required. However, students must perform by memory to be considered for Distinction (except for adult students—memory is not a evaluation factor for adults).
  • General Jury Length: The length of General Juries varies according to the student’s level.
    • Levels 1-3: 10 minutes
    • Levels 4-5: 15 minutes
    • Levels 6-7: 20 minutes
    • Levels 8-10: 30 minutes
    • All adult students receive a 20-minute slot.
  • Dress code: Performance attire
  • Sign-up deadline: Friday, April 29, 2022, at 11:59 PM Late sign-ups will not be accepted. Students who miss the sign-up will be encouraged to participate via YouTube Video Submission.

Sign up for a General Jury

Certificate Jury (private)

  • For adult and school-age students level 1 and above.
  • Each student is assigned a private jury slot (no audience).
  • Students receive written comments and numerical grades from three faculty judges.
  • Location: In-person at all six Levine campuses. Unvaccinated or out-of-town students who are unable to come to campus must contact the department chair by April 22 to set up a virtual Certificate Jury option.
  • Repertoire Requirement: Keyboard Skills in one key, an etude, four solo pieces from contrasting periods, sightreading. Two etudes in lieu of Keyboard Skills is accepted. Sightreading must be at the same level as Technique.
  • An incomplete Keyboard Skills or piece may not be presented in a Certificate Jury.
  • Memorization: Required for Certificate Jury (except for adult students).
  • Certificate Jury Length: The length of Certificate Juries varies according to the student’s level.
    • Levels 1-3: 15 minutes
    • Levels 4-5: 20 minutes
    • Levels 6-7: 25 minutes
    • Levels 8-10: 35 minutes
  • Dress code: Performance attire
  • Sign-up deadline: Friday, April 29, 2022, at 11:59 PM Late sign-ups will not be accepted. Students who miss the sign-up will be encouraged to participate via YouTube Video Submission.

Sign up for a Certificate Jury

Level 10 Certificate Jury (private)

  • Level 10 Certificate Jury plans must be confirmed directly with Sayaka Jordan, Chair of Piano.

Guidelines for YOUTUBE VIDEO SUBMISSION

1. Instructions for recording a Jury video

  • 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

Do students need to record the program in one take?
No. Students may record each piece separately, but they must record a full take of a piece (no editing).

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.

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.”