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Guitar Graduation 2022


Sunday March 6, 2022 at 3:00 pm

Pasadena Conservatory Auditorium

Registration Deadline is February 20, 2022

This year will be our sixth Guitar Graduation in Los Angeles, and will be held in the recital hall of the Pasadena Conservatory of Music.  The graduation program is designed to offer the student, parent, and teacher an especially meaningful and memorable musical experience and is intended to:

1) continually raise the standards of students and teachers,
2) provide incentive for in-depth study, polish and review of the literature,
3) provide a means of recognition for students who have achieved certain goals. 

Graduates will record the appropriate piece for their respective graduation levels. Listener-commentators make recorded comments based on the following criteria used by Dr. Suzuki: tone, intonation, rhythm, tempo and musical interpretation.  At the bottom of this letter are detailed instructions for preparing the recordings, and teachers will assist students in submitting their recordings by the February 20th, 2022 deadline.  

The student will present the graduation piece as a polished work, prepared over sufficient time for a truly musical performance, rather than as a new solo piece.  Each graduate should be studying approximately one book level beyond his or her graduation piece.  A student may be graduated from a maximum of two levels at any one graduation.  Students should be prepared to play a solo in the event there are no other graduates in his/her level.  The graduate has the option to decline playing at the performance if they are uncomfortable playing alone.  A certificate of graduation and a trophy will be presented to each participant at the Graduation.

Admission to the Graduation Concert is free, DO invite friends & family!

The student and their families do NOT need to be SMAC/LA members, but your teacher MUST be a SMAC/LA Teacher Member. 

2022 Guitar Graduation Information


We look forward to seeing you in person at Graduation!

"When love is deep, much can be accomplished." - Shinichi Suzuki

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