Showcase Recital Guidelines

We are offering these guidelines to help teachers choose the proper level for their students.

Late Elementary
Pieces in this category must be at least 24 measures in length with substantial portions played 
hands together.  The music should contain at least 5 elements of musicianship such as staccato,
legato, accents, rests, crescendo, decrescendo, fermata, ritardando, etc.   Suitable pieces
are found in Alfred's Masterworks - Levels 1 & 2 and Simply Classics, and other collections.

Early Intermediate
Pieces in this category should have all the elements mentioned above, and may also have pedaling, 
octave stretches, and chord inversions.  Examples of pieces at this level are Beethoven's 
Ecossaises in G Major - WoO 23 or his Ukrainian Folk Song - Op. 107, No. 3;
Mozart's Minuet in F Major - K2; pieces from Bartok's First Term at the Piano.  

Pieces in this category should involve position shifts and include musical elements such as scales,
octaves, chords and/or arpeggios, and Alberti bass.  Articulation should demonstrate knowledge of 
slurs, staccatos, and accents.  The music may also contain accidentals, pedaling, and rubato.  
Pieces at this level may include (but are not limited to) works from the Notebook for Anna Magdalena;
Sonata in C Major - Op.36, No. 3 by Clementi; Haydn's Sonata in C Major - Hob XVI:I; Kulau's 
Sonata in G Major - Op. 22; Burgmuller's 25 Progressive Pieces, Schumann's Album for the Young,
or Kabalevsky's 24 Pieces for Children - Op 39.

Late Intermediate
Students at this level should be able to demonstrate skills from previous levels listed above,
as well as some of these elements:  sixteenth notes, triplets, tempo variations;  syncopation,
6/8 time, ornaments; lyrical expression, rubato, melody and accompaniment balance between the 
hands; use of a wide range of the keyboard.  Pieces at this level may include (but are not limited to)
the Two Part Inventions by J.S. Bach;  Haydn's Sonata in D Major - Hob XVI: 4; Beethoven's 
Bagatelle in F Major - Op. 22 No. 3 or his Sonata in G Major - Op. 49, No. 2; Mozart's 
Sonata in C MajorK 545;  Chopin's Prelude in B Minor - Op 28, No. 6, and his Prelude in E Major -
Op. 28, No. 9.

Early Advanced
Music at this level should demonstrate skills from previous levels, and may additionally include 
expression through rubato, smorzando and well-regulated dynamics;  simultaneous legato versus 
staccato between the hands; moving parallel octaves in one hand; use of dissonance; shifting meters,
hemiola, and polyrhythms; and a greater range on the keyboard.  Examples of pieces at this level 
are Bach Preludes; Chopin's Nocturne in E Flat Major - 0p. 9, No. 2, or Chopin's Waltz in A Flat Major -
Op. 64, No. 3; selections from Grieg's Lyric Pieces - Op. 43; MacDowell's Scotch Poem - Op. 31, No. 2 
or his Will o' the Wisp - No. 2; and Debussy's Reverie. 

Advanced pieces demonstrate a high level of virtuosic playing and velocity with increased 
chromaticism, expressive styles and lyrical melodies.  Music may include contrapuntal writing,
expanded tonal harmonies, rapid changes in articulation and rhythm, asymmetrical meter,
pentatonic and whole tone colors, quartal and quintal chords, use of the entire keyboard.  
Pieces may include (but are not limited to) Bach fugues, Chopin Etudes, MacDowell's 12 Etudes
- Op. 39, Debussy's First Arabesque, Clair de Lune, Passepied, Le Petit Negro; and Liszt's