Piano Class DescriptionsPlease 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Competitors entering these classes may perform any selection of equal or greater difficulty than their usual grade. Please state usual grade on entry form.
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.
Choices from any type of popular music, i.e.: pop, movie, TV themes, etc.
Contemporary Composers and arrangements of Classical works that are not found in a syllabus.
Any arrangement of a sacred piece.
Please state usual grade on entry form. Exempt from Music Discipline Rule #2.
1 piano, 4 hands
1 piano, 6 hands
2 pianos, 4 or 8 hands
Solo with orchestral accompaniment (provided by a second piano)
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)
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.