This page contains information for teachers on the graduation process. For detailed information on the time and location of the Graduation Concert, please click below to see the public Graduation page.
Here is a Parent Invitation Letter for you to print and share with your students.
Have you read all the information below carefully? Click here to register your students on our online registration form. Deadline to register students is December 1.
Parents will be required to agree to the liability waiver noted in the registration form.
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.
All teachers must be members in order to submit graduation recordings for their students. Fees for students of SMAC Teacher Members are $45 for Levels I-IV $45, and $50 for Levels V+. Fees are payable online only via the registration page. For CDs and DVDs, fill out the online registration which includes fees and mail your CDs and DVDs with inserts and color coding. For digital submissions fill out the online registration which provides a place for YouTube links. For email attachments fill out the online registration and send a separate email for each recordings with student name and info to firstname.lastname@example.org.
No refunds will be issued unless:
In order to achieve the high level of polish desired for graduation, students record graduation pieces well after they are initially learned. 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. Graduation levels and pieces are listed at the bottom of this page or can be accessed here. Violins, please note metronome markings.
All Teachers who have submitted Student Graduation Recordings are asked to assist and support in the smooth running of the logistics of the Rehearsals and Performance during the day of Graduation. To support the Graduating Students and in an effort to make this a truly special event, Teachers who submit Violin/ Viola/ Cello Student Graduation Recordings are asked to participate in the Teacher’s Orchestra to accompany the Students Graduating from the Concerto Levels. Pick up your Student Recordings, Evaluation, Pins, and Certificates. Please attend the Annual Meeting of the General Membership of SANC to be held following the Concert. Guests are welcome.
During the Graduation events, you and your students may be included in candid photographs or videos. By participating 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. If the parents of your participating students do not grant permission for their children to be included in photos or videos, please inform Nora Grafton, the Graduation coordinator at email@example.com who will provide you with a form to have them sign.
You are required to read the following information very carefully and make sure that you understand it fully and agree to it before participating in this activity or program. When you submit the registration, you are agreeing to these waivers.
Contact Nora Grafton, Graduation coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org