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GRADUATION RECORDINGS will be evaluated based on:

  • TONE (bow speed, weight & length of bow)
  • INTONATION (resonance tones, intensity of vibrato)
  • RHYTHM (steady beat, accuracy)
  • TECHNIQUE (shifting, left hand facility, bowing, string crossing)
  • MUSICAL INTERPRETATION (tempo, dynamics, style)


  • Registration includes your recording link and payment and closes November 25, 2023. 
  • Recordings will be accepted only as a YouTube/Google link within your registration form.
  • Record with live accompaniment or with an accompaniment CD. Test for pitch and balance. The violin duet from Fun for Two Violins by Marianne Rygner may be used for the following violin pieces: Gavotte by Gossec, Concerto in A minor 1st mvmt by Vivaldi and Concerto in G minor 1st mvmt by Vivaldi. 
  • La Folia and beyond must be played with piano accompaniment or with an accompaniment CD. Test for pitch and balance.
  • Prepare recordings in advance to avoid technical issues. If a recording cannot be completed in time due to technical errors or illness, prepare the recording to be submitted next year.

2024 Graduation Concert TBA
Oakland Temple Auditorium
4770 Lincoln Ave, Oakland

All are welcome
April 20

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 important event. Past graduates who have participated have significantly benefited from this experience.

The Graduation Program is open to all students of SMAC- 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.

Click for more information: Parent Invitation Letter.

Fees per recording submitted:
Levels I-IV: $50

Levels V+: $55

Registration Closed

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.

Recording Procedure

  • Download the YouTube app on the device to be used for the video recording (no audio only).
  • Open the app and follow the instructions to record.
  • Preface recording with: 

     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.

  • When done, click the “+” sign to automatically upload the recording.
  • Make note of the link as you will need to enter it on the registration form.
  • Provide your teacher with the recording link as they must approve of the recording in order to register for graduation.
  • If the student wants to submit more than one level recording, the registration form will allow for up to three.  Additional fees apply for 2nd and 3rd recordings. 

Registration closes November 25, 2023 (for 2024 Graduation)

2024 Graduation Information for TEACHERS available here.

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.


 Level   Graduation Piece, Metronome marking  Must have Polished
 Gavotte by Gossec, 116-120  Minuet by Boccherini
 II  Bourree by J.S. Bach, 76  Concerto in A minor 1st movement by Vivaldi
 III  Concerto in A minor 1st movement by Vivaldi, 80-92  Concerto in G minor 1st movement by Vivaldi
 IV  Concerto in G minor 1st movement by Vivaldi, 80-92  La Folia
 V  La Folia, 66 Theme, 12 Variation  Concerto in A minor 1st movement by J.S. Bach
 VI  Concerto in A minor 1st movement by J.S. Bach, 88  Sonata by Eccles, 2nd Movement
 VII  Concerto in D Major, 1st Movement by Mozart, 120-144  Complete Concerto in D Major By Mozart
 VIII  Rondo by Mozart/Kreisler and Sicilienne by Paradis  Teacher's discretion
 IX  Complete Concerto in C Major, OP 48, by Kabalevsky (Only mvmt 1 will be performed.)  Teacher's discretion
 X  Complete Concerto in E minor by Mendelssohn (Only one mvmt will be performed.) Complete Concerto in E minor by Mendelssohn 


 Level  Graduation Piece
 Minuet #2 by J.S. Bach
 II  Minuet in G Major by Beethoven
 III  Sonata #5 1st and 2nd movement by Vivaldi
 IV  Sonata 1st and 2nd movements by Eccles
 V  Sonata, by Samartini
 VI  Concerto in B Major by Boccherini/Grutzmacher


 Level   Graduation Piece  Must have Polished
 Gavotte by Gossec  Minuet by Boccherini
 II  Bourree by J.S. Bach  Concerto in D minor 1st movement by Vivaldi
 III  Concerto in G Major 4th movement by Telemann  Four Dances by Marais
 IV  Concerto No. 3 1st movement by Seitz, arr by W. Preucil  Hungarian Dances by Brahams
 V  Concerto in C minor, 2nd mvmt, by Bach/Casadesus Teacher discretion
 VI  Concerto in B minor, 2nd mvmt, by Handel/Casadesus Teacher discretion


 Level  Graduation Piece
Meadow Minuet by Longay
 II  Waltz by Calatayud
 III  Celeste y Blanco by Ayala
 IV  Variations on La Folia by Vivaldi
 V  Allegro Vivace, by Giuliani
 VI  Bourree, by Bach
VII  Sounds of Bells, by Pernambuco
VIII  Prelude, by Bach
 IX  Asturias, by Albeniz


Contact Nora Grafton, Graduation coordinator:

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