At Piano Central Studios, we love to motivate and inspire our students on to greater progress and enjoyment in music lessons. One of the tools we use during the school year is our amazing Skillmasters Awards Program.
As you have probably noticed, there are different levels you can achieve and earn awards for at the Spring Recital. The level of award is based on how many of the different categories that students have earned.
Each of these main categories has been carefully chosen to encourage students towards greater and more well-rounded musicianship.
7 Skillmasters Awards Categories
- Sight-Reading: Sight-reading consists of playing completely new music at first sight. The teacher may assign a certain number of pages or a certain amount of time each day, but your child will be assigned weekly sight-reading assignments. To complete this category requires 16 weeks of sight-reading.
- Memory: A student memorizes pages of music throughout the year. Depending on his or her level, your child must complete 20-30 pages of music in a year.
- Practice: Practice requirements are different for various levels but a student must complete at least 24 weeks of practice to complete this category.
- Composition: A student must write two musical compositions. Of course, depending on the student’s level, the composition will range from simple melody to something more complex.
- Performance: A student must play in a at least 8 performances to attain this category. Recitals, mall performances, assisted living performances, and music festivals all go towards this goal.
- Concert Attendance: There are options for earning this category. A student may listen to a total of 8 hours of classical music suggested by his teacher, attend two concerts, OR listen to 4 hours of approved music and attend one concert.
- Music History: A student must complete 4 composer reports over the year. The report should include the composer’s name, dates, musical period, and some interesting facts about his life. Report pages are available in the Assignment Notebook.
EXTRA: Bonus Categories
Didn’t get to complete one of the categories before the deadline? Your child can complete some bonus categories to substitute for one of the seven main Skillmasters categories. In order to qualify, four bonus categories may be substituted for one of the seven main categories.
At the spring recital, your child will receive the Skillmasters award he qualified for:
- Grande (2 categories earned)—certificate
- Impressive (3-4 categories earned)—certificate and ribbon
- Spendimente (5-6 categories earned)—certificate and medal
- Brilliante (all 7 categories earned)—certificate and trophy
Doesn’t the award program look inspiring? A student could pick a few to start early (like the memory goal or the sight-reading goal) and then leave some quicker categories to finish at the end of the year. Your teacher will help you throughout the year, and you can keep up with your progress on the Skillmasters Awards Tracker in the front on your Assignment Notebook.