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CERTIFICATE OF MERIT
Performance Pieces (Current)
Baroque: Telemann Play-a-long: Fantasie (qn=88)
Play-a-long: Fantasie (qn=108)
Play-a-long: Fantasie (hn=63) ***
Play-a-long: Fantasie (hn=72) *** Ideal
Play-a-long: Fantasie (hn=79)
Play-a-long: Fantasie (hn=88)
Fantasie (CD, qn≈162) (Book: Marlais 3)


Classical: Hook Play-along: Rondo in F Major (qn=70)
Play-along: Rondo in F Major (qn=80)
Play-along: Rondo in F Major (qn=88)
Play-along: Rondo in F Major (qn=96)
Rondo in F Major (CD, qn≈79-85) (Book: Marlais 4)


Romantic: Burgmuller Play-along: The Shepherdess (qn=60)
Play-along: The Shepherdess (qn=76)
Play-along: The Shepherdess (qn=96)
Play-along: The Shepherdess (qn=116)
The Shepherdess (CD, qn≈126) (Book: Marlais 4)


Technical Requirements (Current)


CM Technical Requirements (Level 4) (4:30 to perform)      checklist, sheet music
SCALES (min. qn=76) CADENCES/CHORD
PROGRESSIONS
CHORDS
A Major   Eb Major   Bb Major
8th notes = 2 octaves, and
triplets = 3 octaves

c natural minor / c harmonic minor
g natural minor / g harmonic minor
8th notes = 2 octaves
----------------
Chromatic Scale,
contrary motion,
1 octave, thumbs
begin on D
A Major   Eb Major   Bb Major
I - IV - I - V - V7 - I
use the common tone
with legato pedal

c minor   g minor
i - iv - i - V - V7 - i
use the common tone
with legato pedal

A Major   Bb Major
Primary first
then secondary
root position

----------------
A Major
g minor

Broken triads to,
the octave,
root position
and inversions,
up first, then down
      All Elements in a row! (qn=76, 100) (4:53) ***


Ear Training
Ear Training: Level 4 (Test) (Songs for interval recognition)
(includes Major and Perfect intervals up to and including an octave, asc. and desc. blocked and broken)




Lesson Books (Current)
Faber and Faber: Level 1, 2nd Ed page 44 Boogie on Broadway (student part, qn=120)
Faber and Faber: Level 1, 2nd Ed page 44 Boogie on Broadway (both parts, qn=120)
Faber and Faber: Level 1, 2nd Ed page 44 Boogie on Broadway (student part, qn=184)
Faber and Faber: Level 1, 2nd Ed page 44 Boogie on Broadway (teacher part/bass/drums, qn=184)


Performance Books (Current)




Past links...


Lesson Books (Prior)
Faber and Faber: Level 1 (2nd Ed) - page 39 Grumpy Old Troll (qn=92)
Faber and Faber: Level 1 (2nd Ed) - page 39 Grumpy Old Troll (qn=120)
Faber and Faber: Level 1 (2nd Ed) - page 38 No Moon Tonight (st part, qn=108)
Faber and Faber: Level 1 (2nd Ed) - page 38 No Moon Tonight (both parts, qn=108)
Faber and Faber: Level 1 (2nd Ed) - page 36 Forest Drums (qn=120)
Faber and Faber: Level 1 (2nd Ed) - page 36 Forest Drums (qn=144)
Faber and Faber: Level 1 (2nd Ed) - page 36 Forest Drums (qn=160)
Faber and Faber: Level 1 (2nd Ed) - page 35 Lightly Row (qn=72)
Faber and Faber: Level 1 (2nd Ed) - page 35 Lightly Row (qn=120)
Faber and Faber: Level 1 (2nd Ed) - page 35 Lightly Row (qn=138)
Faber and Faber: Level 1, 2nd Ed page 23 Mozart's Five Names (qn=140)
Faber and Faber: Level 1, 2nd Ed page 22 - C's Rock! (qn=140)
Faber and Faber: Level 1, 2nd Ed page 21 - Li'l Liza Jane (student part, qn=88)
Faber and Faber: Level 1, 2nd Ed page 21 - Li'l Liza Jane (student part, qn=108)
Faber and Faber: Level 1, 2nd Ed page 21 - Li'l Liza Jane (student part, qn=120)
Faber and Faber: Level 1, 2nd Ed page 21 - Li'l Liza Jane (student part, qn=140)
Faber and Faber: Level 1, 2nd Ed page 19 - Half-Time Show (student part, qn=120)
Faber and Faber: Level 1, 2nd Ed page 19 - Half-Time Show (both parts, qn=120)
Faber and Faber: Level 1, p.17 - Young Hunter (student part, qn=120)
Faber and Faber: Level 1, p.17 - Young Hunter (both parts, qn=120)
Faber and Faber: Level 1, p.17 - Young Hunter (both parts, qn=140)
Faber and Faber: Level 1, p.16 - Classic Dance (student part, qn=120)
Faber and Faber: Level 1, p.16 - Classic Dance (both parts, qn=140)
Faber and Faber: Level 1, p.15 - The Haunted Mouse (student part, qn=88)
Faber and Faber: Level 1, p.15 - The Haunted Mouse (student part, qn=120)
Faber and Faber: Level 1, p.15 - The Haunted Mouse (student part, qn=160)
Faber and Faber: Level 1, 2nd Ed page 20 - The Lonely Pine (student part, qn=88)
Faber and Faber: Level 1, 2nd Ed page 20 - The Lonely Pine (both parts, qn=88)
Faber and Faber: Level 1, p.18 - Skipping In Space (student part, qn=108)
Faber and Faber: Level 1 2nd Ed, p.12 - Ferris Wheel (student part, qn=72)
Faber and Faber: Level 1 2nd Ed, p.12 - Ferris Wheel (student part, qn=92)
Faber and Faber: Level 1 2nd Ed, p.12 - Ferris Wheel (both parts, qn=92)
Faber and Faber: Level 1 2nd Ed, p.11 - Sailing in the Sun (qn=66)
Faber and Faber: Level 1 2nd Ed, p.11 - Sailing in the Sun (qn=76)
Faber and Faber: Level 1 2nd Ed, p.11 - Sailing in the Sun (qn=88)
Faber and Faber: Level 1 2nd Ed, p.11 - Sailing in the Sun (qn=120)
Faber and Faber: Level 1 2nd Ed, p.11 - Sailing in the Sun (qn=160)
Faber and Faber: Level 1 2nd Ed, p.10 - Little River (student part, qn=120)
Faber and Faber: Level 1 2nd Ed, p.10 - Little River (both parts, qn=120)
Faber and Faber: Level 1 (2nd Ed) - page 8 Firefly (student part, qn=60)
Faber and Faber: Level 1 (2nd Ed) - page 8 Firefly (student part, qn=76)
Faber and Faber: Level 1 (2nd Ed) - page 8 Firefly (student part, qn=88)
Faber and Faber: Level 1 (2nd Ed) - page 8 Firefly (both parts, qn=88)
Faber and Faber: Level 1 (2nd Ed) - page 8 Firefly (student part, qn=120)
Faber and Faber: Level 1 (2nd Ed) - page 8 Firefly (both parts, qn=120)


Faber and Faber: Level Book C, p.44 - Go Tell Aunt Rhodie (Theme and Variation) (student part, qn=120)
Faber and Faber: Level Book C, p.44 - Go Tell Aunt Rhodie (Theme and Variation) (both parts, qn=120)
Faber and Faber: Level Book C, p.43 - Mozart's Pets (student part, qn=120)
Faber and Faber: Level Book C, p.43 - Mozart's Pets (both parts, qn=120)
Faber and Faber: Level Book C, p.40 - Dolphin Dreams (qn=120)
Faber and Faber: Level Book C, p.38 - Swan Lake (student part, qn=120)
Faber and Faber: Level Book C, p.38 - Swan Lake (both parts, qn=120)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.82 - Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (student part, qn=92)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.74 - Hot Chocolate, Whipped-Cream Day (student part, qn=108)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.74 - Hot Chocolate, Whipped-Cream Day (student part, qn=120)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.74 - Hot Chocolate, Whipped-Cream Day (both parts, qn=120)
Mozart: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.72 - Hide-and-Seek (student part, qn=108)
Mozart: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.72 - Hide-and-Seek (student part, qn=120)
Mozart: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.72 - Hide-and-Seek (both parts, qn=120)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.70 - Pet Dragon (student part, qn=108)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.70 - Pet Dragon (both parts, qn=108)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.68 - This Is My C Scale (qn=108)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.67 - Octave Blues (student part, qn=108)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.67 - Octave Blues (both parts, qn=108)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.66 - Pearl in the C (qn=140)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.65 - Construction Zone R.H. (qn=140)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.65 - Construction Zone R.H. (both parts, qn=140)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.64 - Construction Zone L.H. (qn=140)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.64 - Construction Zone L.H. (both parts, qn=140)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.62 - I Would Like To Go To Mars (student part, qn=108)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.62 - I Would Like To Go To Mars (both parts, qn=108)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.62 - I Would Like To Go To Mars (student part, qn=140)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.62 - I Would Like To Go To Mars (both parts, qn=140)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.61 - Scotland Bells (student part, qn=108)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.61 - Scotland Bells (both parts, qn=108)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.60 - Pilot, Land Your Plane (student part, qn=140)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.60 - Pilot, Land Your Plane (both parts, qn=140)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.58 - Beethoven's Door (student part, qn=88)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.58 - Beethoven's Door (student part, qn=120)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.58 - Beethoven's Door (both parts, qn=120)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.56 - Picnic with Friends (student part, qn=96)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.56 - Picnic with Friends (student part, qn=140)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.56 - Picnic with Friends (both parts, qn=96)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.56 - Picnic with Friends (both parts, qn=140)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.55 - Tap, Be Nimble (qn=92, 76)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.55 - Tap, Be Nimble (qn=120, 96)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.51 - Ludwig's Theme (student part, qn=120)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.51 - Ludwig's Theme (both parts, qn=120)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.50 - Wolfgang's Theme (both parts, qn=120)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.48 - Hush, Little Baby (both parts, qn=80)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.48 - Hush, Little Baby (both parts, qn=92)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.46 - Ice Cream Dog (qn=80)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.46 - Ice Cream Dog (qn=108)
Mozart: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.44, 45 - Finger Trick 1 / Figner Trick 2 (qn=88)
Mozart: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.44, 45 - Finger Trick 1 / Figner Trick 2 (qn=108)
Mozart: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.44, 45 - Finger Trick 1 / Figner Trick 2 (qn=140)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.42 - Tambourine Party (student part, qn=80)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.42 - Tambourine Party (student part, qn=92)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.40 - King of the Land (student part, qn=92)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.38 - Gallop, Pony (student part, qn=92)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.38 - Gallop, Pony (student part, qn=108)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.38 - Gallop, Pony (both parts, qn=108)
Beethoven: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.34 - Sounds of Beethoven (student part, qn=92)
Beethoven: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.34 - Sounds of Beethoven (student part, qn=108)
Beethoven: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.34 - Sounds of Beethoven (both parts, qn=108)
Traditional: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.32 - Russian Folk Dance (student part, qn=92)
Traditional: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.32 - Russian Folk Dance (student part, qn=108)
Traditional: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.32 - Russian Folk Dance (student part, qn=120)
Traditional: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.32 - Russian Folk Dance (student part, qn=160)
Traditional: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.32 - Russian Folk Dance (both parts, qn=108)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.30 - A-B Bop! (student part, qn=???)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.30 - A-B Bop! (both parts, qn=???)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.28 - Tucker's Secret Life (student part, qn=???)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.28 - Tucker's Secret Life (both parts, qn=???)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.22 - Pumpkin Party (student part, qn=80)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.20 - Gliding Goldfish (student part, qn=80)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.18 - Tub Time (student part, qn=80)
Beethoven: Level Pre-Reading Book B, p.12 - Ode To Joy (student part, qn=80)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading, p.80 - Bed On A Boat (student part, qn=76)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading, p.80 - Bed On A Boat (both parts, qn=76)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading, p.72 - Oh! I Love Snack Time (student part, qn=88)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading, p.72 - Oh! I Love Snack Time (both parts, qn=88)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading, p.72 - Oh! I Love Snack Time (both parts, no click, qn=88)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading, p.70 - Wish I Were A Fish (student part, qn=88)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading, p.70 - Wish I Were A Fish (both parts, qn=88)
Faber and Faber: Level Pre-Reading, p.70 - Wish I Were A Fish (both parts, no click, qn=88)




CERTIFICATE OF MERIT
Technical Requirements (Prior)


CM Technical Requirements (Level 3) (4:15 to perform)
SCALES (min. qn=72) CADENCES/CHORD
PROGRESSIONS
CHORDS
A Major   E Major   B Major
8th notes = 2 octaves

a natural minor / a harmonic minor
e natural minor / e harmonic minor
b natural minor / b harmonic minor
8th notes = 2 octaves
A Major   E Major   B Major
I - IV - I - V(7) - I
use the common tone
with legato pedal

a minor   e minor   b minor
i - iv - i - V(7) - i
use the common tone
with legato pedal

A Major   E Major
a minor   e minor
root position
and inversions
blocked, up and down

_A_   _E_   _B_
Major, minor
diminished, Augmented
triads, root position

      ***All Elements in a row!
Ear Training: Level 3 (test)


CM Technical Requirements (Level 2) (4:00 to perform)
SCALES (min. qn=69) CADENCES/CHORD
PROGRESSIONS
CHORDS
G Major   D Major
one octave, then two octaves

d natural minor / d harmonic minor
a natural minor / a harmonic minor
e natural minor / e harmonic minor
one octave
G Major   D Major
I - IV - I - V(7) - I
use the common tone

d minor   a minor   e minor
i - iv - i - V(7) - i
use the common tone

G Major   D Major
root position
and inversions
blocked, up and down

_G_   _D_
Major, minor
diminished, Augmented
triads, root position

     All Elements in a row! ****


Ear Training
Ear Training: Level 2


Performance Pieces (Prior)
Baroque - Dandrieu: The Fifers (no repeats, qn=70)
Baroque - Dandrieu: The Fifers (no repeats, qn=80)
Baroque - Dandrieu: The Fifers (no repeats, qn=90)
Baroque - Dandrieu: The Fifers (no repeats, qn=100)
Baroque - Dandrieu: The Fifers (no repeats, qn=108)
Baroque - Dandrieu: The Fifers (no repeats, qn=116)
Baroque - Dandrieu: The Fifers (from CD, qn≈121)


Classical - Atwood: Sonatina in G (qn=80)
Classical - Atwood: Sonatina in G (qn=90)
Classical - Atwood: Sonatina in G (qn=100)
Classical - Atwood: Sonatina in G (qn=120)
Classical - Atwood: Sonatina in G (qn=140)
Classical - Atwood: Sonatina in G (qn=152)
Classical - Atwood: Sonatina in G (from CD, qn≈157)


Romantic - Burgmuller: Arabesque (no repeats, qn=80)
Romantic - Burgmuller: Arabesque (no repeats, qn=100)
Romantic - Burgmuller: Arabesque (no repeats, qn=108)
Romantic - Burgmuller: Arabesque (no repeats, qn=120)
Romantic - Burgmuller: Arabesque (from CD, qn≈120)


Speer: Play-a-long: Gavotte (qn=80)
Speer: Play-a-long: Gavotte (qn=92)
Speer: Play-a-long: Gavotte (qn=120)
Speer: Play-a-long: Gavotte (hn=80)
Speer: CD Recording: Gavotte (qn=___)


Rowley: Play-a-long: Two's Company (mm1-6, qn=108) #1
Rowley: Play-a-long: Two's Company (RH mm6-16, qn=108) #2
Rowley: Play-a-long: Two's Company (LH mm6-16, qn=108) #3
Rowley: Play-a-long: Two's Company (qn=92) *
Rowley: Play-a-long: Two's Company (qn=120) **
Rowley: Play-a-long: Two's Company (qn=140) ***
Rowley: Play-a-long: Two's Company (hn=100)
Rowley: Play-a-long: Two's Company (CD, hn=100)
Peuerl: Play-a-long: Intrada (qn=100)
Peuerl: Play-a-long: Intrada (qn=120)
Peuerl: Play-a-long: Intrada (qn=152)
Peuerl: CD Recording: Intrada (qn=154; sm=152)


Gurlitt: Play-a-long: The Young Dancer (qn=80)
Gurlitt: Play-a-long: The Young Dancer (qn=100)
Gurlitt: Play-a-long: The Young Dancer (qn=126)
Gurlitt: CD Recording: The Young Dancer (qn=133; sm=126)
Kohler: Play-a-long: Waltz of the Young, RH only (qn=66)
Kohler: Play-a-long: Waltz of the Young, RH only (qn=92)
Kohler: Play-a-long: Waltz of the Young, LH only (qn=66)
Kohler: Play-a-long: Waltz of the Young, LH only (qn=92)
Kohler: Play-a-long: Waltz of the Young (qn=66)
Kohler: Play-a-long: Waltz of the Young (qn=92)
Kohler: Play-a-long: Waltz of the Young (qn=104)
Kohler: Play-a-long: Waltz of the Young (qn=112)
Kohler: Play-a-long: Waltz of the Young (qn=120)
Kohler: Play-a-long: Waltz of the Young (qn=168)


Reinagle: Elegant Dance (qn=80)
Reinagle: Elegant Dance (qn=108)
Reinagle: Elegant Dance (qn=120)
Reinagle: Elegant Dance (qn=132)
Reinagle: Elegant Dance (played by Sama at lesson, 5/12/17)   NEW! Added 5/12/17
Reinagle: Elegant Dance (from CD)   NEW! Added 5/12/17
Tchaikovsky: Level Book C, p.60 - Tchaikovsky's Waltz (student part, qn=92)
Tchaikovsky: Level Book C, p.60 - Tchaikovsky's Waltz (both parts, qn=92)
Tchaikovsky: Level Book C, p.60 - Tchaikovsky's Waltz (student part, qn=120)
Tchaikovsky: Level Book C, p.60 - Tchaikovsky's Waltz (both parts, qn=120)
Tchaikovsky: Tchaikovsky's Waltz (played by Sama at lesson 5/12/17)   NEW! Added 5/12/17
Faber and Faber: Level Book C, p.42 - Allegro Skips (student part, qn=108)
Faber and Faber: Level Book C, p.42 - Allegro Skips (both parts, qn=108)
Faber and Faber: Level Book C, p.28 - Ludwig's Accents (student part, qn=120)
Faber and Faber: Level Book C, p.28 - Ludwig's Accents (both parts, qn=120)


Performance Books (Prior)
Faber and Faber: Level 1 Showboat (student part, qn=72)
Faber and Faber: Level 1 Showboat (student part, qn=92)
Faber and Faber: Level 1 Showboat (student part, qn=120)
Faber and Faber: Level 1 Showboat (student part, qn=144)
Faber and Faber: Level 1 Showboat (both parts, qn=144)


Miscellaneous Songs
-----------: Pearl Prayer for Children, two hands to measure 6 (6 times, qn=80) ***
-----------: Pearl Prayer for Children, Section B only (4 times, qn=66) ***
-----------: Pearl Prayer for Children, RH only (qn=66)
-----------: Pearl Prayer for Children, RH only (qn=80)
-----------: Pearl Prayer for Children, two hands (qn=80)


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