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PPTA PIANO EVALUATIONS

The Kikuchi Music Institute regularly sends students to the Annual Pittsburgh Piano Teachers Association (PPTA) Piano Evaluations (May) at Duquesne University. This wonderful program ensures students are progressing in accordance to the 14-Level Illinois State Music Teachers Association (ISMTA) Piano Syllabus. Students prepare technique, theory and performance repertoire as specified in the syllabus, and are judged by other PPTA member teachers. The event is fun for all, rewarding and a positive experience. Students receive a certificate, pin and a detailed evaluation report for each year of participation.

Preparation: Director, Lee W. Kikuchi has develped outstanding Preparatory Workbooks that help the students prepare for this event, thus ensuring that all students are properly and fully prepared for the experience. By working through all the lessons in the workbooks, students know they are learning what is necessary and becoming solidly prepared for the examination.

Placement: Each level of the syllabus generally represents one year of progress. Special Levels A, B, and C are available for students under age 7 and who have not quite finished enough material to enter at Level I. Occasionally, a student progresses so rapidly as to be able to skip one or two levels in a single year. (In the chart below, one student went from Level I in 2005 to Level III in 2006. Likewise, another student went from Level V in 2005 to Level VIII in 2006). Parents will be advised if the faculty wish to place a student on the "fast-track" toward possibly skipping a level in the coming year. This decision is made in June to ensure adequate time to cover the material necessary for such a promotion.

Eligibility: Students of ALL ages are eligible and strongly encouraged to participate, and KMI requires that all piano students under age 18 MUST participate. (Parents may exempt their child by signing a waiver, which is strongly discouraged). KMI even awards special merit scholarships as discounts applicable toward future tuition for earning perfect and near-perfect scores at the PPTA Evaluations (98/99/100 points). In 2006 three students received scholarships totaling $100.

Statistics: The chart below indicates the KMI student participation in the PPTA Evaluations over the past three years (numbers of students at each level) since we first started participating:

    LEVEL
YEAR TOTAL
A
B
C
I
II
III
IV
V
VI
VII
VIII
IX
X
XI
2005
6
1
3
1
1
2006
15
1
5
1
3
3
1
1
2007
20
3
2
1
5
4
4
1
2008
12
2
1
4
2
1
1
1
 
                               
TOTAL
53
5
9
1
10
12
9
3
1
1
1

The number of students participating demonstrates the growth of our studios, and our ability to advance students to the next level. Students occasionally choose not to participate in a given year, because of insufficient progress to advance, and some students never finish the program due to graduation from high school, moving or transfer to a performing arts school. Otherwise, the PPTA Evaluation Program is an excellent way to keep students on track and committed to long term advancement on the piano.

(See TUTORIAL: Timelines, for more information on how the student should progress through the PPTA Syllabus according to school grade level, and other indicators of progress.)

 

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