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TIME LINES OF PROGRESS

PIANO
By far the majority of music students at KMI are piano students, so participation in ensembles is not always the indicator of a student's advancement. However, there are many other ways to benchmark or chart the progress of a piano student as described below:

Time To Complete Primer (Pre-Level 1) Materials
Completing the Primer level materials in piano is a major accomplishment, especially for the young or average student. Find the BOOK & LEVEL that your child has finished, and look under the column that corresponds to your child's CURRENT age group to see the AVERAGE TOTAL years required to reach and complete that level. Students who complete the primer book(s) in significantly less time than the average are probably showing promise toward becoming very advanced by the time of high school. Students who take longer than the average time should not be discouraged, as everyone matures and developes at different times. [Gray areas reflect books that do not apply to that age group.]
Invite= Invitation to Music Book Level (age 4)
Bastien = Bastien Piano Method Book Level (lettered levels precede Level 1)
Alfred= Alfred Adult Piano Method Level
[N.B. It can take anywhere from 1 to 4 years to complete the primer materials, depending on the age of the student. If a child starts at age 4 and takes the full 4 years to complete the Invitation to Music Series, the student is still more than a full year ahead of one that starts at age 7!]

  Pre-K Ages GRADE IN SCHOOL
COMPLETED
3 4 5 Grades 1-3 Grades 4-6 Grades 7-9 Grades 10-12
Invite A
1
1
Invite B
2
2
2
Invite C
3
Invite D
4
Bastien A (Red)
1
1
Bastien B (Red)
2
Bastien Primer (Pink)
2
1
½
Alfred Adult 1
1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time to Complete the KMI Core Curriculum in Piano (Beyond Primer)
At KMI we define the Core Curriculum as the method system the student uses to learn the basics of the instrument. Some systems have anywhere from 3 to 5 levels (books). For Piano we use the Bastien system for children under 12, and the Alfred Adult system for anyone beginning piano at age 12 and older.
[The years listed below DO NOT include time to complete the primer levels (above) except in the case of Alfred Adult 1. Gray areas reflect books that do not apply to that age group.]
Bastien = Bastien Piano Method Book Level
Alfred= Alfred Adult Piano Method Level
[N.B. Depending on how much time the student requires to complete the primer materials, it can take anywhere from 5 to 8 years to complete the Core Curriculum in Piano. To place this in simple terms, the above average and motivated student will usually complete the Core Curriculum before the 7th grade, and the average student will complete it before the 9th grade. However, completion of the Core Curriculum any time before graduation from High School is still an excellent general music education, where the student would be able to play most sheet music of popular songs, and pursue many adult level performance opportunities.]

  GRADE IN SCHOOL ADULT
BEGINNERS
COMPLETED
Grades 1-3 Grades 4-6 Grades 7-9 Grades 10-12
Bastien 1
1
½
Bastien 2
3
2
1
1
Bastien 3
4
3
2
Bastien 4
2
Alfred 1
1
Alfred 2
3
Alfred 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comparing School Grade Level to the PPTA Syllabus
The Annual PPTA Piano Evaluations (held each May at Duquesne University) is based upon a 14-Level syllabus that specifies exactly what theory, technique and repertoire the student should have mastered in each year of piano study in order to reach an appropriate level for college ("pre-professional") study by the time of graduation from High School. As with the primer materials above, the Levels A, B & C reflect primer levels and the student may be able to skip one or all of them before enterring the PPTA Evaluation at Level 1. Typically, every student will do ONE lettered primer level the first year of study, and then advance to Level 1 in the following year. Younger or slower moving students may participate in all the primer levels A, B and C before finally participating at Level 1. Students of all ages are invited to participate, and there is NO AGE requirement for any level of the evaluation. This chart is merely a guildeline to help you determine your or your child's progress. Many students skip a level of the evaluation (catch up) at some point during their progress and some students do not participate for a year due to insufficient progress (slip behind), so where a student places in any given year may not be the end outcome. The overall picture (how many levels are completed in total) is by far the most important goal. Completion of PPTA Level VI or higher by the time of high school graduation is still a very good mark of achievement for any non-serious piano student. For each PPTA Level given below, the MIDDLE (BOLD) grade level is the average, the lower one is ABOVE average and the upper grade is BELOW average - COMPARED TO OTHER STUDENTS WHO START BEFORE AGE 7. (See KMI Participation in the PPTA Evaluation for more information.)

PPTA SYLLABUS PROGRESS
Level
GRADE IN SCHOOL
A
K
B
K - 1
C
K - 1 - 2
1
1 - 2 - 3
2
2 - 3 - 4
3
3 - 4 - 5
4
4 - 5 - 6
5
5 - 6 - 7
6
6 - 7 - 8
7
7 - 8 - 9
8
8 - 9 - 10
9
9 - 10 - 11
10
10 - 11 - 12
11
11 - 12

 

Time Lines for Key Piano Repertoire and Technique Books
Once the student has completed KMI Core Curriculum in piano, the student begins diligently studying the basic technique and repertoire of the Intermediate Years
. There are several technique books and repertoire collections that will be assigned and which can be used to mark the student's progress. Clearly, the student will learn MUCH more literature by many more composers than what is simply listed here. The chart below is designed to give you some idea of how you or your student is doing compared to the average based on the key repertoire and technique books. [N.B. The years to complete number simply reflects the student's successful study of the basic technique or key repertoire in the collection. In most cases, the student will use the technique or repertoire books for the rest of her/his life.]

ASSIGNED
BOOK/COLLECTION
YEARS TO COMPLETE
YEAR
GRADE
4
3-4-5
Sonatina Album
3
5
4-5-6
Hanon Part 1 (1-20)
2
Czerny/Germer Bk. 1 (Part 1)
3
Bach 12 Preludes
1
Kabalevsky Op. 27
2
6
5-6-7
Bach 6 Preludes
1
Sonata Album
3
7
6-7-8
Hanon Part 2 (20-40)
2
Bach Two-Part Inventions
2
Chopin Waltzes
2
8
7-8-9
Czerny/Germer Bk. 1 (Part 2)
2
Chopin Nocturnes
2
Joplin Rags
4
9
8-9-10
Hanon Part 3 (41-60)
4
Bach Three-Part Inventions
5
Beethoven Sonatas
5
Debussy Children's Corner
5
10
9-10-11
Czerny/Germer Bk. 2
3
Bach WTC
2
Chopin Polonaises
2
11
10-11-11
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20 K.466
5
Chopin Ballades
2
12
11-12
Chopin Etudes
5

 

 

 

 

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