Evaluation Program & Artist Competition
MusicINclusion. MusicINspired. MusicINlife.
April 9, 2022
Registration + Payment Deadline
April 23, 2022
Evaluations (VIRTUAL): Live Zoom Session with Evaluator + Repertoire & Score Submission Deadline
Live Session includes Applied Skills (Creative Skills, Chat with Evaluator, optional Project Exhibition)
Repertoire YouTube links + PDF score submitted via link above
Although not required, students are encouraged to submit videos early so evaluators will get to know you a little bit before the Live Session!
Evaluations (IN-PERSON): Repertoire + Applied Skills
Artist Competition: Repertoire & Score Submission Deadline
April 16-30, 2022
Evaluations (ALL): Written Evaluation period (online)
Results and certificates sent in late May.
Artist Competition (Virtual) | YouTube Video Submission
Evaluations (Virtual) | Zoom (Live Session) + YouTube Video Submissions (Repertoire)
Evaluations (In-Person) | Valley Christian Conservatory
Please see Syllabus for fee chart.
MusicIN Evaluation Program is a comprehensive evaluation with an option of participating in-person or virtually. It covers topics and offers special opportunities not seen in most traditional evaluations. Currently offered for piano and hoping to expand to include additional instruments next year.
Open Repertoire Selection: Three (3) pieces of student's choice from any genre
(including arrangements/transcriptions, lead sheets, Classical/Pop/Jazz/Anime/Movie Music, etc.!)
Creative Skills: One (1) "creative" work -- an improvisation, self-composed composition, playing from a lead sheet
Communication Skills: A short Chat with Evaluator, including a chance for students to ask a question to evaluator
Project Exhibition (optional): Give students a chance to showcase skills that combine music with other interests
Written Exam: 50 points - Sections include Analysis (two pieces), Music History + Around the World, Ear Training, Critical Thinking Short Answer
MusicIN Artist Competition is a competition for versatile performers including creative and communication skills. Open to all instruments and voice. Held virtually. There are two divisions: Junior (ages 13 and under) and Senior (ages 14-22). See syllabus above for full details.
Versatility in Styles: Two (2) pieces, must be from different genres (e.g., Western Classical and Popular)
Creative Piece: One (1) "creative" work" -- improvisation, self-composed or self-arranged piece, lead sheet, etc.
Communication Skills: Competitors are encouraged to share Program Notes about each piece before performing
Written feedback is provided for all contestants.
Questions? Please contact the Chair, Grant Kondo.
Evaluators & Adjudicators
Sample Written Examinations
Students fill out the exam using the printable PDF, then submit answers via an online form.
Elementary (Levels 1-2)
Early Intermediate (Levels 3-4)
Late Intermediate (Levels 5-6)
Early Advanced (Levels 7-8)
Advanced (Levels 9-10)
Resources for Creative Skills
Authors Listed in Alphabetical Order
Books on Arranging
Books on Improvisation
Books on Jazz Piano
Books on Composition
Books on Composition for Media
Online Resources / People / YouTube Channels
Expand Your Repertoire!
A Seat at the Piano :: Inclusion in Piano Repertoire
Boulanger Initiative :: Women Composers
Ebony Music :: Piano Music by Black Composers
Hymnary :: Worship Music
IMSLP :: Western Classical Music
Kapralova Society :: Women Composers