Graduation Concert

Date and Location TBD

The Suzuki Music Association of Northern California sponsors an annual Graduation Program to honor our students as they accomplish certain milestones in the Suzuki literature.  The Graduation Program is designed after that which Dr. Suzuki established for students in Japan.

A thorough procedure has been developed for the students to prepare for this exciting event. Our teachers know that the children who have participated in past graduation programs have benefited tremendously from the experience, both musically and personally:

The Graduation Program is open to all students of SANC Teacher Members for Violin, Viola, Cello, and Guitar. Please consult with your child’s teacher to see if they recommend this activity at this point in the child’s development. Their teacher will also be able to provide additional information regarding registration and preparation. 

Here is a Parent Invitation Letter.

Deadline for Teachers to register their students and submit recordings: November 11, 2020

SANC Parent Graduation Letter

Please read to prepare for our 2021 Graduation.

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Concert Information

Date and Location TBD

2021 Graduation Schedule of the Day

The schedule will be posted as soon as information is available.

Concert Dress

White tops with black or navy bottoms.  Slacks or skirts that come to the knee or below are acceptable.  Please no jeans, t-shirts, sneakers or bare midriffs.

This page has general information for students and non-member teachers.  Are you a teacher member?  Please visit our teacher-member only Graduation page with all the details about how to record, recording requirements, forms and registration.

Suzuki Association of Northern California Graduation Process

Step 1: Preparation

Working with their teachers, students who have polished pieces perform them on a recording with live or recorded accompaniment.  Teachers collect graduation fees from students and submit recordings on behalf of their students.  

Step 2: Evaluation

Teacher members work as a team listening to and supporting each other’s students and studios through thoughtful comments on evaluation forms.  Recordings are approved or suggested for re-recording. 

Step 3: Results

Students receive a Certificate and Commemorative Pin with their evaluation results.

Step 4: Performance

Students perform, together with graduates at the same level, in the Celebration Concert at the end of January.

Student Graduation Pieces and Guidelines

In order to achieve the high level of polish desired for graduation, students record graduation pieces well after they are initially learned.  This supports the Suzuki principle that the repertoire is the foundation of musical development.  Each instrument has 10 graduation levels, listed below.  For violins, the "Must have Polished" pieces is a suggestion of where a student should be in the literature before submitting each graduation recording.  For example, a level I violin applicate should have Minuet by Boccherini polished when they submit a recording for Gavotte by Gossec.


 Level  Graduation Piece, Metronome marking Must have Polished
 Gavotte by Gossec, 116-120 Minuet by Boccherini
 II  Bourree by J.S. Bach, 76 Concerto in A minor 1st movement by Vivaldi
 III Concerto in A minor 1st movement by Vivaldi, 80-92 Concerto in G minor 1st movement by Vivaldi
 IV Concerto in G minor 1st movement by Vivaldi, 80-92 La Folia
 V La Folia, 66 Theme, 12 Variation Concerto in A minor 1st movement by J.S. Bach
 VI Concerto in A minor 1st movement by J.S. Bach, 88 Sonata by Eccles, 2nd Movement
 VII Concerto in D Major, 1st Movement by Mozart, 120-144 Complete Concerto in D Major By Mozart
 VIII  Rondo by Mozart/Kreisler and Sicilienne by Paradis  Teacher's discretion
 IX  Complete Concerto in C Major, PO 48, by Kabalevsky (Only mvmt 1 will be performed.) Teacher's discretion
 X  Complete Concerto in E minor by Mendelssohn (Only one mvmt will be performed.)Complete Concerto in E minor by Mendelssohn 


 Level Graduation Piece
 Minuet #2 by J.S. Bach
 II  Minuet in G Major by Beethoven
 III Sonata #5 1st and 2nd movement by Vivaldi
 IV Sonata 1st and 2nd movements by Eccles
 V Sonata, by Samartini
 VI Concerto in B Major by Boccherini/Grutzmacher



 Level  Graduation Piece Must have Polished
 Gavotte by Gossec Minuet by Boccherini
 II  Bourree by J.S. Bach Concerto in D minor 1st movement by Vivaldi
 III Concerto in G Major 4th movement by Telemann Four Dances by Marais
 IV Concerto No. 3 1st movement by Seitz, arr by W. Preucil Hungarian Dances by Brahams
 V Concerto in C minor, 2nd mvmt, by Bach/CasadesusTeacher discretion
 VI Concerto in B minor, 2nd mvmt, by Handel/CasadesusTeacher discretion


 Level Graduation Piece
Meadow Minuet by Longay
 II Waltz by Calatayud
 III Celeste y Blanco by Ayala
 IV Variations on La Folia by Vivaldi
 V Allegro Vivace, by Giuliani
 VI Bourree, by Bach
VII Sounds of Bells, by Pernambuco
VIII Prelude, by Bach
 IX Asturias, by Albeniz


During the Graduation events, your children may be included in candid photographs or videos.  By giving them permission to participate in Graduation, you are releasing and discharging SANC from all and any claims and demands ensuing from or in connection with the use of the photographs, including all and any claims for libel and invasion of privacy.  We respect your children's privacy and no name are even used in photographs.  If you do not grant permission for your children to be included in photos or videos, please inform your teacher who will provide you with a form to sign.

You are required to read the following information very carefully and make sure that you understand it fully and agree to it before allowing your child to participate in this activity or program. When you submit the registration, you are agreeing to these waivers.

Required Waivers


Contact Nora Grafton, Graduation coordinator:
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