Piano Class Descriptions

Please refer to the Honours Awards section for award descriptions.
Please refer to Rules specific to Piano Discipline on Pages 4 and 5 before submitting entries.

 

Beginner Division

These classes are for younger students or students in their first year of study. The class name is followed by class number. Example: Class name Primary age 5 Number PR5
Intro classes are divided into A class for students at the Prep A level of RCM and B class for students at the Prep B level of RCM or normal introductory level.
Example: A level Baroque - class number 100A
B level Baroque - class number 100B
A student entering the A level class must move up to B level or higher the following year.


Classical Conservatory Division

One selection by any composer / style from the period. See examples below.


Baroque (1600 to 1750)

Bach, Handel, Telemann, Purcell, Leopold Mozart, Couperin, Kirnberger, Krebs, Rameau, Scarlatti, or any other composer of this period.


Classical (1755 to 1825)

Sonatina, Sonata, Variations or any piece written in classical form by a composer from this period. Diabelli, Clementi, Kuhlau, Haydn, W.A. Mozart, Beethoven or any other composer from this period.


Romantic (1820 to 1900)

Short Character pieces, waltz, nocturne, by Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, Mendelssohn, or any other style or composer from this period.


Impressionistic

Faure, Debussy, Ravel, Ibert, Grovlez, Poulenc or any other composer of this period. In intermediate and senior divisions only, Canadian compositions using this style may enter this class provided the competitor has already entered the Canadian Class.


Contemporary (1900 to present day)

Milhaud, Schoenberg, Bartok, Kabalevsky, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Nakada or any other composer of this period.


Canadian

Hanson, Coulthard, Fleming, Ridout, Ouchterlony, Marsden, Poole, Archer, or any other Canadian Composer. Check with Canadian Music Center on line for extensive list of Canadian Composers. The intent of this class is to showcase Canadian compositions. Any contestant performing a Canadian piece must enter this class before entering a Canadian piece in another class.


Solo

This class is exempt from Entry Rule #10. The intent of this class is to provide a student with the opportunity to perform another graded piece recognized by a conservatory of equal or greater difficulty than their usual grade. Please state usual grade on entry form.


Sight Reading

Students are encouraged to take these classes to improve their sight reading skills. Some competitions require this class to be eligible for an award. Competitor is given about 30 seconds to study music.


Quick Study

Students are encouraged to take these classes to improve their quick study skills. Some competitions require this class to be eligible for an award. Competitor is given at least 24 hours to study music. Memorization is not mandatory.


Contemporary Idioms Division

One selection by any composer of a particular style as presented in the Contemporary Idioms Syllabus of Conservatory Canada. Selections must be from this particular syllabus. Non syllabus selections please enter the Supplementary Division.
Ballad / Blues, Swing, Rock and Other Genres: See Contemporary Idioms Syllabus for details.


Supplementary Division

Competitors entering these classes may perform any selection of equal or greater difficulty than their usual grade. Please state usual grade on entry form.


Jazz

Choices from any era of Jazz Music (approximately 1890 to present), i.e.: Dixie, ragtime, blues, rock & roll, swing, bebop, etc., but not pop. Improvisation is encouraged by the more advanced students.


Popular

Choices from any type of popular music, i.e.: pop, movie, TV themes, etc.


Modern

Contemporary Composers and arrangements of Classical works that are not found in a syllabus.


Sacred

Any arrangement of a sacred piece.


Ensemble Division

Please state usual grade on entry form. Exempt from Music Discipline Rule #2.


Duet

1 piano, 4 hands


Trio

1 piano, 6 hands


Duo

2 pianos, 4 or 8 hands


Concerto

Solo with orchestral accompaniment (provided by a second piano)


Family

Any of the above. Competitors must be related (mother, brother, cousin, uncle, etc.)


Student and Teacher

Duet or duo but not concerto.


Concert Group Division

The intent of these classes, though not exclusively, is to provide for the convenience of out-of-town competitors. This division is open to anyone. Pieces must be memorized. Performance will be stopped if time limit is exceeded. Contrast and content of program will be taken into account. Each piece will be given a separate grade, and will be counted as separate pieces for the purposes of awards.


Junior Concert Group

Grade 1-4, 2-3pieces, 10 minute time limit.


Intermediate Concert Group

Grade 5-8, 2-3 pieces, 25 minute time limit.


Senior Concert Group

Grade 9-ARCT. 3 - 4 pieces, 30 minute time limit.


A.R.C.T Graduate Concert Group

Up to 5 pieces, 40 minute time limit.


Competitions (Gail Carson Romantic Piano Competition and Senior Piano Competition)

See Awards section of Syllabus for more information.


Non-Competitive Division

This is a division for anyone who does not wish to enter on a competitive basis while still experiencing the festival atmosphere of sharing their music and having it adjudicated by an authoritative educational figure other than their teacher. Participants will receive a friendly adjudication only, which is designed to encourage and promote musicality and a return to the festival in future years. These classes may vary in arrangement depending on the number of entries. Please state usual grade level or number of years of study on entry form.


Adult Piano Workshop

The Adult class provides a non-competitive nurturing atmosphere designed to encourage adults of any level to perform and partake of the adjudicator's expertise.


Original Composition Division

These classes have been arranged by length of composition rather than age group. This is designed to allow for more freedom of expression by the composition. A contestant may enter more than one composition per class. Each composition is a separate entry. Each composition must be written on manuscript paper in black ink, or it may be computer-generated. Each entry is assumed to be the original work of the individual whose name appears on the entry form attached to the manuscript. All rights to the composition will be retained by the composer. Each contestant will be expected to perform their composition in the festival or to arrange to have it performed. All composers will receive a certificate of participation. However, due to the subjective nature of this class and diversity of styles and forms, there will be no mark attached. Students will receive an adjudication only.



Piano Classes

Beginner Division

Primary
Age 5
Age 6
Age 7
PR5
PR6
PR7
1st Year of Study
Age 7 and under
Age 8-10
Age 11-14
BEG1
BEG2
BEG3

Classical Conservatory Division

Baroque
Intro A
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11/ARCT
100 A
101
102
103
104
105
106
107
108
109
110
111
Classical
Intro A
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11/ARCT
200 A
201
202
203
204
205
206
207
208
209
210
211
Romantic
Intro A
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11/ARCT
300 A
301
302
303
304
305
306
307
308
309
310
311
Impressionistic
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11/ARCT
405
406
407
408
409
410
411
Contemporary
Intro A
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11/ARCT
500 A
501
502
503
504
505
506
507
508
509
510
511
Canadian
Intro A
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11/ARCT
600 A
601
602
603
604
605
606
607
608
609
610
611
Solo
Intro A
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11/ARCT
700 A
701
702
703
704
705
706
707
708
709
710
711
Sight Reading
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11/ARCT
801
802
803
804
805
806
807
808
809
810
811
Quick Study
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11/ARCT
901
902
903
904
905
906
907
908
909
910
911
Baroque
Intro B
100 B
Classical
Intro B
200 B
Romantic
Intro B
300 B
Contemporary
Intro B
500 B
Canadian
Intro B
600 B
Solo
700 B

Contemporary Idioms Division

Ballad / Blues
Intro A/B
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11/ARCT
1000
1001
1002
1003
1004
1005
1006
1007
1008
1009
1010
1011
Swing
Intro A/B
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11/ARCT
1100
1101
1102
1103
1104
1105
1106
1107
1108
1109
1110
1111
Rock
Intro A/B
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11/ARCT
1200
1201
1202
1203
1204
1205
1206
1207
1208
1209
1210
1211
Other Genres
Intro A/B
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11/ARCT
1300
1301
1302
1303
1304
1305
1306
1307
1308
1309
1310
1311

Supplementary Division

Jazz
Intro A/B
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11/ARCT
1400
1401
1402
1403
1404
1405
1406
1407
1408
1409
1410
1411
Popular
Intro A/B
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11/ARCT
1500
1501
1502
1503
1504
1505
1506
1507
1508
1509
1510
1511
Modern
Intro A/B
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11/ARCT
1600
1601
1602
1603
1604
1605
1606
1607
1608
1609
1610
1611
Sacred
Intro A/B
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11/ARCT
1700
1701
1702
1703
1704
1705
1706
1707
1708
1709
1710
1711

Original Composition Division

8 Bars
1800
12 Bars
1801
16 Bars
1802
24 Bars
1803
Open
1804

Non-Competitive Division

NC 1
1st Year
2nd Year
3rd Year
Grade 1-4
Grade 5-8
Grade 9-11
NC 1
NC 2
NC 3
NC 4
NC 5
NC 6

Ensemble Division

Duet
Primary
Grade 1-2
Grade 3-4
Grade 5-6
Grade 7-8
Grade 9-10
1900
1901
1902
1903
1904
1905
Trio
All Levels
2000
Duo
All Levels
2001
Concerto
All Levels
2002
Family
All Levels
2003
Student/Teacher
All Levels
2004

Concert Group Division

Junior
Junior
2100
Intermediate
Intermediate
2101
Senior
Senior
2102
ARCT Teacher
ARCT TEacher
2103
Gail Carson Romantic Piano Competition
2200
Senior Piano Competition
2300

Adult Piano Workshop

Adult Piano Workshop
2104