WHAT ARE LEVELS?
Many standardized syllabi and method systems have been developed based on how much material a student should be able to learn in ONE YEAR'S TIME. As a result, these levels should represent one year of private music study. Ideally, a student's grade in school, number of years of study and level should be the SAME NUMBER. That is a student who has studied one year of piano (starting in kindergarten), who is now in the first grade, should be at Level 1 of the piano syllabus. Since students start at different times, and mature at different rates, this one-to-one correspondence almost never applies. In most cases, students must "catch up" at some point just to get close to their expected level. As a general rule, if a student's grade level or number of years study is within one year of the level number, the student is DOING FINE, and if the student's level number is the SAME or HIGHER than the student's grade level or number of years study, then the student is DOING VERY WELL.