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Grand Piano

Piano Program

Piano Classes will be scheduled during the week of April 22nd to 27th, 2024.

Click on the sub-divisions below for more information about our piano classes including fees, class levels and descriptions.

Piano Solo Classes

Piano Concerto Classes

Piano Ensemble Classes

Piano Adult Classes

It is the participant’s responsibility to ensure that they are familiar with class guidelines prior to registering for classes.

CLICK HERE for Piano Class Rules & Regulations

and Syllabus links

Piano Syllabus

Solo Piano Classes

 

Elementary Piano: Solo Classes - $30 / Recital Classes - $40

Beginner - Preparatory A / Novice - Preparatory B

  • 1st Entry / 2nd Entry

Level 1 / Level 2 

  • List A / List B / List C / Etude / Canadian / Contemporary / Recital

Non-Competitive

  • Preparatory to Level 2

 

 

Junior Piano: Solo Classes - $33 / Recital Classes - $43

Levels 3 / Level 4 / Level 5             

  • List A / List B / List C / Etude / Canadian / Contemporary / Recital

Non-Competitive                             

  • Levels 3-5  

       

             

Intermediate Piano: Solo Classes - $36 / Recital Classes - $46

Levels 6 / Level 7                             

  • List A / List B / List C / Etude / Canadian / Popular / Recital

Level 8                                             

  • List A / List B / List C / List D / Etude / Canadian / Chopin / Contemporary / Recital

Non-Competitive                               

  • Levels 6-8

 

Senior Piano: Solo Classes - $39 / Recital Classes - $49

Level 9                                             

  • List A / List B / List C / List D / Etude / Canadian / Chopin / Contemporary / Recital

Level 10                                           

  • List A / List B / List C / List D / List E / Etude / Canadian / Chopin / Contemporary / Recital

Diploma / Post-Diploma                   

  • List A / List B / List C / List D / List E / List F/ Canadian / Chopin / Recital

Non-Competitive                               

  • Levels 9 & Above

Popular Piano:

 

Beginner (Ages 8 & Under), Primary (Ages 9-10)                 

  • Popular Solo - $30 / Popular Recital - $40

Elementary (Ages 11-12)                                                                                     

  • Popular Solo - $33 / Popular Recital $43

Junior (Ages 13-14), Intermediate (Ages 15-16),                 

  • Popular Solo - $36 / Popular Recital - $46

Senior (Ages 17-18), Advanced (Ages 19-28)                                                              

  • Popular Solo - $39 / Popular Recital - $49

Non-Competitive                                                                         

  • Popular Solo - $30 / Popular Recital - $40

Piano Solo Class Levels

 

Beginner/Preparatory A              As a general guideline Beginner/Preparatory A is recommended for students who are in their first 1-2 years of study and are playing repertoire that reflects the level of the RCM Preparatory A list.

 

Novice/Preparatory B                   As a general guideline Novice/Preparatory B is recommended for students who have had 2 or more years of study and are playing repertoire that reflects the level of the RCM Preparatory B list.

 

Levels 1-10                       Participants must enter a grade level that is higher than their most recent examination as of December 31st, 2023. For example, if a student passes a Level 3 exam in December, then they must enter classes at Level 4 or higher.  If a student passes a Level 3 exam anytime after January 1, 2024 then they may still enter Level 3 classes. 

 

Diploma Level                  Diploma classes are for participants who are 1) currently working towards their ARCT, ACCM or an equivalent diploma examination AND 2) have been studying at this level for LESS than 2 years AND 3) have not yet completed a Diploma Level examination.

 

Post-Diploma Level        Participants who have earned their ARCT/ACCM or equivalent Diploma, OR who have been studying at the Diploma level for more than 2 years must enter at the Post-Diploma Level.

Popular Piano Classes   Participants must enter the level based on their age as of December 31st, 2023.

 

Adult & Non-Competitive Classes           Participants will receive a written and verbal adjudication, as well as a Participation Ribbon, but will not be given marks or class placements and are not eligible for financial awards or OMFA Provincials recommendations.  Non-Competitive classes are offered for each piano division, with a separate division for adult amateurs (registration will be listed as “Piano: Adult (Non-Competitive)”.  Adult-Child groups may enter Non-Competitive Ensemble classes.

 

Piano Solo Class Descriptions

 

Beginner/Novice             Participants in the Beginner classes must perform two (2) selections (since the pieces are typically short at this level), and for the Novice classes participants must perform one (1) selection.

Participants should register for “1st Entry” if they wish to participate in one (1) class, and both “1st Entry” AND “2nd Entry” if they wish to participate in two (2) classes.

Repertoire may be chosen from any Method Book, or the Preparatory A & B Syllabus lists, and “Teacher’s Choice” selections are permitted in any Beginner or Novice Level class.  Teachers should consult the RCM Preparatory Repertoire lists to ensure the piece is appropriate for the chosen level. 

 

List Classes (List A, List B, etc)    Participants must perform one (1) Selection from the appropriate grade level and list from the RCM Piano Syllabus 2022 Edition, or CC Classical Piano Syllabus 2018 Edition or Loud and Clear: A Guide to Levelled Piano Music by Women Composers.

 

Etude Classes                  Levels 1-2: Participants must perform one (1) selection from the Etude list in the RCM Piano Syllabus.  Levels 3-10: Participants must perform two (2) selections (as required by the RCM Piano Syllabus).  Etudes do not need to be memorized. (This does not include Diploma List F: Concert Etudes where one (1) selection from the syllabus must be played by memory).

 

Contemporary Classes               Participants must perform one (1) selection from the appropriate grade level in either the RCM Popular Selection List 2022 Edition or CC Contemporary Idioms Piano Lists. *Many selections included in these lists may also be performed in the Popular Piano category (see below for Popular Piano guidelines).

 

Canadian Classes            Participants must perform one (1) selection from any syllabus list at the appropriate grade level that is written by a Canadian composer. 

 

Chopin Classes                Participants must perform one (1) selection by Chopin from any syllabus list at the appropriate grade level.  Those who enter a Chopin Class at a Senior Level (9-Diploma) will be eligible to win the Chopin Senior Piano Trophy and a Scholarship Award (as decided by the Senior Piano Adjudicator).  Participants may play Chopin in a List C class but will not be eligible to win the Trophy. 

Popular Piano Classes    Popular selections should be covers from commercial artists in any of the following genres: Pop, Folk, R&B, Soul, Rock, Alternative, Indie, Jazz or Country.  

 

Recital Classes                 Participants must perform two (2) contrasting selections and should enter the level that they are generally enrolled in.  The difficulty of the repertoire should be at their enrolled level or higher.  Students should consult with their teacher in selecting repertoire that is appropriate (repertoire does not need to be included on a syllabus list).  The total performance time must be within the following time limits:  Levels 1-5 Maximum 6 Minutes, Levels 6-8 Maximum 10 Minutes, Level 9-10 Maximum 15 Minutes, Diploma 20 Minutes. 

Piano Concerto Syllabus

 

Beginner (Ages 8 & below)

  • Any Level - $30

 

Primary (Ages 9-10) / Elementary (Ages 11-12) / Junior (Ages 13-14) / Intermediate (Ages 15-16) /

Senior (Ages 17-18) / Advanced (Ages 19-28) 

  • Level 8 and under - $33

  • Level 9 and above - $36

Open (Post-Diploma) - $39

 

 

Piano Concerto Class Descriptions

Concerto Classes            Participants must select their level based on their age as of December 31, 2023 and the grade level that they are generally enrolled in.  For example, if a participant enters mostly Level 9 classes, then they should select “Level 9 and above” under their age group.  One (1) movement of a concerto must be performed for “Level 8 and below”, Two (2) consecutive movements must be performed for “Level 9 and Above”, and for Open: Post-Diploma participants may play two (2) or more consecutive movements with a maximum time limit of 20 minutes. Concertos must be performed with piano accompaniment, and performers must make their own arrangements for an accompanist.  2 pianos will be available at the venue for concerto classes.  Orchestral introductions and breaks in the accompaniment may be abridged.

 

Piano Ensemble Classes

Piano Ensemble Class Options:

Classical Duet / Classical Duo / Classical Trio / Classical Quartet

Popular Duet / Popular Duo / Popular Trio / Popular Quartet

Ensemble Levels & Fees

Beginner (Ages 8 & Under, Primary (Ages 9-10) - $30

Elementary (Ages 11-12) - $33

Junior (Ages 13-14), Intermediate (Ages 15-16) - $36

Senior (Ages 17-18), Advanced (Ages 19-28) - $39

Non-Competitive - $30

 

Piano Ensemble Class Descriptions

 

Class Requirements       Participants must perform one (1) selection (maximum of two (2) movements if applicable).  Repertoire does not need to memorized for ensemble classes.  

Age Levels          Participants must enter the age level of the oldest participant based on their age as of December 31st, 2023 for competitive classes.

 

Popular Ensemble selections should be covers from commercial artists in any of the following genres: Pop, Folk, R&B, Soul, Rock, Alternative, Indie, Jazz or Country.  

Non-Competitive Ensembles       Classes will be organized based on registration so that participants of similar ages will be grouped together.  Child & Adult ensembles are welcome in non-competitive classes.

  

Duet                    One (1) Piano, four (4) Hands

Duo                     Two (2) Pianos, four (4) Hands

Trio                     One (1) Piano, six (6) Hands

Quartet              Two (2) Pianos, Eight (8) Hands

Piano Adult (Non-Competitive) Syllabus

 

Class Levels                            

Beginner (1-2 Years of Study)

Intermediate (2-5 Yrs)

Advanced (5+ Years)

 

Class Options & Fees

Classical Piano Solo / Popular Piano Solo - $30 (1 Repertoire Selection)

Classical Piano Recital / Popular Piano Recital - $40 (2 Repertoire Selections)

** Adult & child groups can register under Non-Competitive Ensembles.

Solo Piano
Piano Concerto
Piano Enemble
Piano Adult

Piano Class Rules & Regulations

Failure to follow the Rules & Regulations below will disqualify participants from receiving a mark or class placement.  Participants may still receive written and verbal evaluations from the adjudicator.

 

Class Registrations         Participants may only register once per Class Option for all competitive classes.  Classes listed as “Non-Competitive” are allowed multiple registrations and participants may play 1 selection per registration.

 

Class Levels       Participants must perform repertoire that is listed under the corresponding grade level in the RCM or CC syllabus. There are no exceptions, even when a higher-level piece has been approved by RCM or CC for examination purposes. 

 

Repertoire Selections    Participants cannot perform the same selection in different classes.  A piece may qualify for two (2) different classes such as List C and Canadian, but the piece may only be played in one (1) class, not both.

 

Syllabus Exceptions       Participants who wish to play a piece that is not on a syllabus list can do so if 1) they provide a letter of approval from the RCM or CC for examination purposes, and/or 2) they submit a request for approval to the KWKMF Coordinator no later than January 30, 2023. Requests will be forwarded to a designated Piano Committee to determine if the piece is appropriate for a particular grade level and class.

 

Syllabus Conflicts           1) Where there are conflicts between newer and older editions of a syllabus students must follow the most recent syllabus 2) Where there are conflicts between the RCM and CC syllabi, participants may choose which syllabus to use.  For example, if a piece is listed in the RCM syllabus as Level 6 but is listed as Level 7 in the CC syllabus the student may choose to enter the level that generally aligns with their other class entries.

 

Sheet Music                     Participants must provide the adjudicator with a legally purchased copy of the music for all selections (a purchase receipt or IMSLP listing must be presented for digital copies), even when the piece is being performed by memory. Refer to section 7.14 of the Rules, Regulations & Guidelines for more information about Copyright.

 

Memorization is required for all competitive piano classes, except for Etude classes (Levels 1-10) and Piano Ensemble classes.

 

Multi-movement Selections       One (1) Selection may consist of multiple movements, where specified in the RCM or CC Syllabus. Participants must perform the movement(s) specified in the syllabus where applicable. For example, the syllabus may require that only one movement of a piece be played, or that two or more specific movements or the complete work be played. EXCEPTION: See below regarding Time Limits.

 

Time Limit          Total performance time must not exceed twenty (20) minutes in total for any class.  In cases where multiple movements are to be performed, and the total performance time would exceed twenty (20) minutes participants may omit one (1) movement subject to the approval of the KWKMF Coordinator.  Selected movements should be contrasting and should reflect the difficulty level of the class.

 

Piano Resources

 

Piano R&R
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