February 2, 2019
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 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.
February 2, 2019
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com