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Regulations and Procedures for District and State Auditions

  1. Divisions I and II students are eligible to enter solo category.
  2. Divisions III and IV students are eligible to enter solo, concerto, or both of these categories.
  3. Fees:
    • District — Solo: $20.00 — Concerto: $20.00
    • State — Solo: $20.00 — Concerto: $20.00
  4. Performances at District and State Auditions will be judged on the following:
    1. Accuracy of notes, time values, and rests
    2. Rhythm – control of basic tempo, flexibility
    3. Tone quality
    4. Technique – clarity and fluency
    5. Phrasing – slurs as applied to motifs and phrases; projection of melodic line
    6. Artistic use of the pedals
    7. Interpretation – appropriate style, balance between melody and accompaniment, structural design, clarity or polyphonic nuance, climax imagination.
  5. Only those who earn the Outstanding rating at the District level are eligible to participate in the State Auditions. The rating sheets will be mailed to the teachers after the completion of the auditions.
  6. The student must show proficiency in approximately 75% of the theory at the District Audition or his/her overall rating will be lowered one grade.
  7. State Auditions are to be held in early spring, 3-5 weeks after the District Auditions.
  8. At the State Auditions, Outstanding students in both Solo and Concerto categories from Divisions I, II, III andIV will be chosen by the judges to perform on an Honors Recital. Participants will be notified by the Pre-College State Audition Chairperson and given a time limit for their performance on this recital.

Repertoire Requirements

  1. The same repertoire is to be played at District and State Auditions.
  2. Repertoire must be original piano literature. No arrangements or simplifications of hymns, folk songs, etc. will be allowed.
  3. At the request of judges, students should not play repeats in their music.
  4. Complete pieces or movements must be performed. Those students playing portions of pieces will be disqualified.
  5. In multi-movement works (e.g. sonatinas, sonatas, and suites), only one movement should be programmed. This rule does not apply to the Bach Well Tempered Clavier (Preludes and Fugues) or works in which an individual section would not stand alone, e.g. Schumann’s Papillons or a Theme and Variations (see number 4 above). In this case, the student should plan to play the entire work from the beginning with the expectation that the adjudicator will interrupt if the performance exceeds the alloted time.
Division I and Division II
  • Entrants may disregard historical style periods and present two or three compositions of contrasting style.
  • Special note for Division I: Only those pieces composed with notes on the staff will be acceptable. Pre-reading pieces will not be allowed. A minimum of 8 measures is required.
Division III and Division IV
  • Entrants must perform three compositions from memory representing any three of the five following periods:
    1. Baroque
    2. Classical ( including all Beethoven )
    3. Romantic
    4. Impressionistic
    5. Contemporary
  • Refer to the MTNA Composer Classification List to determine the accepted style period for a composer.

Time Requirements

Division I Division II Division III Division IV
Solo: 10 minutes 15 minutes 20 minutes 25 minutes
Concerto: 10 minutes 15 minutes 20 minutes 25 minutes
Combined: 20 minutes 25 minutes 30 minutes 30 minutes

Theory/Technique Requirements

DIVISION I
Grade 1 Required Major Keys: C  G
Scales one octave, hands separately or together, tetrachords permitted, minimum speed ♩ = 60.
Chords Tonic (I), root position only in required keys, broken form permitted.
Diatonic Intervals played from keynote of the required scales.
Grade 2 Required Major Keys:   C  G  D
Required Harmonic minor key:  a
Scales one octave, hands separately or together, no tetrachords permitted, minimum speed ♩ = 60.
Chords Tonic (I), Subdominant (IV), Dominant (V) root position only in required keys, broken form permitted.
Diatonic Intervals played from keynote of the required scales
Grade 3 Required Major Keys: C  G  D  F
Required Harmonic minor keys:   a e
Scales one octave, hands separately or together, no tetrachords permitted, minimum speed ♩ = 60.
Chords Tonic, Subdominant, Dominant, root position only in required keys, solid form
Diatonic Intervals played from keynote of the required scales.

DIVISION II
Grade 4 Required Major Keys: C   G   D   A   E   F
Required Harmonic minor keys:   a   e   d
Scales one octave, hands together, minimum speed ♩ = 60.
Chords Tonic, Subdominant, Dominant, root position only in required keys.
Diatonic Intervals Isolated intervals named 6th, 3rd etc. tones sounded together, reckoned from bottom tone as keynote in required major and minor keys.
Grade 5 Required Major Keys: C   G   D   A   E   B   F
Required Harmonic minor keys:   a   e   d   g   c
Scales two octaves, hands separately or together, minimum speed ♩ = 60.
Chords Tonic, Subdominant, Dominant chords, root position and inversions, hands separately or together in required keys.
Diatonic Intervals Isolated intervals named 6th, 3rd, 7th etc. reckoned from bottom tone as keynote in required major and minor keys.
Grade 6 Required Major Keys: C   G   D   A   E   B   F   B♭
Required Harmonic minor keys:   a   e   d   g   c   b   f
Scales two octaves, hands separately or together, minimum speed ♩ = 60.
Chords Tonic, Subdominant, Dominant chords, root position and inversions, hands separately or together in required keys. Dominant seventh (V7) in root position only, hands separately or together in required keys.
Diatonic Intervals played from keynote of required major and minor scales
NOTE: Judges will request chords for Division II in the following sequence: root position, 1st inversion, 2nd inversion.

DIVISION III
Grade 7 Required Major Keys: C   G   D   A   E   B   F   B♭  E♭  A♭
Required Harmonic minor keys:   a   e   d   g   c   b   f
Scales two octaves, hands together, minimum speed ♩ = 72
Chords Tonic, Subdominant, Dominant chords, root position and inversions, hands separately or together in required keys. Dominant seventh in root position only, hands together in required keys.
Intervals played from keynote of required major and minor scales, designated major, minor or perfect.
Cadences  Played in the following keys:    C  G  D  A  E  F
NOTE: Cadences may begin on any inversion of the tonic chord.
Grade 8 Required Major Keys: C   G   D   A   E   B   F   B♭  E♭  A♭
Required Harmonic minor keys:   a   e   d   g   c   b   f plus any one black key minor scale.
Scales two octaves, hands together, minimum speed ♩ = 72
Chords Tonic, Subdominant, Dominant chords, root position and inversions, hands together in required keys. Dominant seventh in root position only, hands together in required keys.
Intervals played from keynote of required major and minor scales, designated major, minor or perfect.
Cadences Played in all required major keys.
NOTE: The student makes the choice of the black key minor scale.  Cadences may begin on any inversion of the tonic chord.
Grade 9 Required: All Major Keys
Required Harmonic minor keys:   a   e   d   g   c   b   f plus any two black key minor scales.
Scales two octaves, hands together, minimum speed ♩ = 72
Chords Tonic, Subdominant, Dominant chords, root position and inversions, hands together in required keys. Dominant seventh in root position only, hands together in required keys.
Intervals All intervals – change major intervals to minor and augmented;  perfect to diminished and augmented.
Cadences Played in all major keys and all white key minors.
NOTE: The student makes the choice of the black key minor scales. Cadences may begin on any inversion of the tonic chord.

DIVISION IV
Grade 10 Required:  All Major Keys
Required Harmonic minor keys:  a   e   d   g   c   b   f plus any three black key minor scales.
Scales four octaves, hands together, minimum speed ♩ = 72 (sixteenth note rhythm).
Chords Tonic, Subdominant, Dominant chords, root position and inversions, hands together in required keys. Dominant seventh in root position only, hands together in required keys.
Intervals All intervals – change major intervals to minor and augmented; perfect to diminished and augmented.
Cadences Played in all required keys.
NOTE: The student makes the choice of the black key minor scales. Cadences may begin on any inversion of the tonic chord.
Grade 11 Required:  All Major Keys
Required Harmonic minor keys:   a   e   d   g   c   b   f plus any four black key minor scales.
Scales four  octaves, hands together, minimum speed ♩ = 72 (sixteenth note rhythm).
Chords Tonic, Subdominant, Dominant chords, root position and inversions, hands together in required keys. Be able to change major triad to minor, diminished or augmented. Dominant seventh in root position and inversions, hands together in required keys.
Intervals All intervals – change major intervals to minor and augmented;  perfect to diminished and augmented.
Cadences Played in all required keys.
NOTE: The student makes the choice of the black key minor scales.  Cadences may begin on any inversion of the tonic chord.
Grade 12 Required:  All Major Keys;  All Harmonic minor keys.
Scales four  octaves, hands together, minimum speed ♩ = 72 (sixteenth note rhythm).
Chords Tonic, Subdominant, Dominant chords, root position and inversions, hands together in required keys. Be able to change major triad to minor, diminished or augmented. Dominant seventh in root position and inversions, hands together in required keys.
Intervals All intervals – change major intervals to minor and augmented;  perfect to diminished and augmented. Be able to form and play a minor, diminished and augmented interval on any given note
Cadences Played in all required keys.