Piano Categories & Classes

 

Preparatory A or B Pianoforte Solo: Up to three selections, own choice, level A or B. Level A selection to be no more difficult than Level 2 Bastien/Faber or its equivalent. Level A entries are non-competitive only. Level B entries are competitive. Selection should be at Level 3 or 4 Bastien/Faber or Introductory Album R.C.M. or equivalent. If a Bastien/Faber or Alfred’s piece has been chosen please indicate which book the piece is from.  Classes will be subdivided by age.

Non-Conservatory Repertoire: This is a competitive class to be used for non-Conservatory pieces that do not fit into the introductory levels or other graded levels. It is not for pieces from outdated Conservatory syllabi, but is to be used for pieces written by contemporary composers (e.g. Martha Mier) which would be above the introductory level, and for popular pieces that are not on the RCM Popular Selection list or in the Conservatory Canada Contemporary Idioms Syllabus. Classes will be subdivided by age. A piece entered in this category cannot be considered as a Scholarship Requirement.

Additional Repertoire: This class is to be used only for Conservatory pieces that do not fit in any other category, or for a second piece in a category already entered.

Early Keyboard: Any selection from any composers of the Baroque period (1650-1750) Handel, Scarlatti, Telemann, etc., excluding those compositions of J.S. Bach.

J.S. Bach: Any selection composed by J.S. Bach only

Classical: Any one slow movement of a Sonata or Sonatina (state Opus # and Movement), or other selection from the Classical period (1750-1825). Quick movements of a Sonata or Sonatina will not be permitted. Selections must be listed in a current Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto) or Conservatory Canada Syllabus.

Sonatina or Sonata: Any one quick movement from a Sonatina or Sonata (state Opus # and Movement). The selection should be from the Classical period (1750-1825) or one composed in definite Sonata form by a later composer. Selections must be listed in a current Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto) or Conservatory Canada Syllabus.

Multi-Movement Sonatina or Sonata Class:
(Grade 6 and above): Two or more movements from one sonatina or sonata as listed in a current Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto) or Conservatory Canada Syllabus. All movements for the grade level must be performed.

Romantic: Any selection from any composer of the Romantic period.

Impressionistic: Any single work in late 19th century impressionistic style.

Twentieth & Twenty-First Century: Any Twentieth or Twenty-First Century work in contemporary idiom. Selections by Canadian composers must be entered in the Canadian Composers Category.

Canadian Composers: Any selection by a recognized and published Canadian composer.

Popular: Any selection from the current RCM Popular Selection List or Conservatory Canada Contemporary Idioms Syllabus. *

Popular/Swing: Any selection from the current RM Popular Selection List or Conservatory Canada Contemporary Idioms Syllabus. *

Popular/Traditional Jazz: Any selection from the current RM Popular Selection List or Conservatory Canada Contemporary Idioms Syllabus. *

Popular/Latin/Rock:Any selection from the current RM Popular Selection List or Conservatory Canada Contemporary Idioms Syllabus. *

*Please note: In the Popular category, only one mark will be considered for medallions, awards and scholarships.

Untitled Study/Etude: Any untitled study or etude from the current RCM or Canada Conservatory 'Study' books. (i.e. Study in A Major, Etude #5).

Sight Reading Requirements: The candidate will be given a brief period to scan the score. Do not count out loud. Entry in the sight reading class is required in order to qualify for Major Scholarships (The mark received will not be considered in the totals)

Own Composition: bring a clear photocopy of the hand written or computer generated original. Each entry must include tempo markings, dynamics and other appropriate musical editing; measure numbers at the beginning of each line; a title page including composer's name, address, composition title and date. Composers are expected to perform their own works, or arrange to have their works performed by others. Time limit 5 minutes. 

Concert Group: The Concert Group will consist of three selections at the participant’s grade level or higher. Participants will be judged on the discrimination shown in their selections, on the programme arrangement, on technique and interpretation. Time not to exceed 15 minutes; for ARCT and Open 20 minutes. Suitable dress and stage deportment will be expected.

Piano Concerto: One movement of any standard Concerto, orchestra parts to be played on a second piano, competitor to provide own accompanist, professional pianist allowed. Selection to be played without repeats.

Pianoforte Duet, Two Pianoforte Duet, Trio, Quartet: Use one entry form per duet, trio, quartet, with all players’ names, accompanied by full entry fee. If competitors are at a different piano grade level enter at the higher piano grade level. Students entered in the Non-Conservatory Repertoire class may enter a graded duet class at an appropriate level.  The adjudicator must have a copy of the music for the duration of the performance. 

Teacher - Student duet: Students are able to register with teacher as duet accompaniment. 

 Family Members duet, trio or quartet: Students are able to register with family member as duet, trio, quartet accompaniment.