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Guitar Graduation

Sunday, March 10, 2024

Zipper Hall, Colburn Campus
200 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA

2024 graduation enrollment is now closed.  See you next year!

This year will be our seventh Guitar Graduation in Los Angeles, and will be held in Zipper Recital Hall, Colburn campus. 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 10th, 2024 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!

Please note: Private teachers must hold active memberships in SMAC-LA in order for their students to register for and participate in Guitar graduation.

Guitar graduation March 5, 2022, Pasadena Conservatory

2024 Guitar Graduation Information

We look forward to seeing you at Graduation!

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

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