GRADUATION RECORDINGS will be evaluated based on:
All are welcome to attend to hear the graduating students from 2021 - 2023The 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 important event. Past graduates who have participated have significantly benefited from this experience.
Click for more information: Parent Invitation Letter.
Fees per recording submitted:
Levels V+: $55
On-line Registration Required
Parents must register their children for graduation and submit a link to their recordings via an on-line registration form. This is the only way to register for graduation.
Make sure to have a YouTube link to your recording available before you register as it is required in order to submit the form.
Registration is now CLOSED
Hello, my name is ____________ and I am ____ years
I am playing a size ______ violin/viola/guitar/cello.
My graduation piece is _____________.
and my current piece is _________.
My teacher is _____________
Thank you for listening.
Registration closes November 11 2022
Suzuki Association of Northern California Graduation Process
Step 1: Preparation
Working with their teachers, students who have polished pieces perform them on a recording with live or recorded accompaniment. Parents register their students, pay fees, and submit recordings via the online registration form.
Step 2: Evaluation
Teachers evaluate submitted recordings.
Step 3: Performance
Students perform, together with graduates at the same level, in the Celebration Concert.
Step 4: Results
Students receive a Certificate and Commemorative Pin with their evaluation results.
Student Graduation Pieces and Guidelines
In order to achieve the high level of polish desired for graduation, students record graduation pieces well after they are initially learned. This supports the Suzuki principle that the repertoire is the foundation of musical development. 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.
Contact Nora Grafton, Graduation coordinator: email@example.com