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The Guild Auditions is a national, non-competitive event for piano students. It is organized by the National Guild of Piano Teachers and is one of world's largest non-profit organizations for piano teachers. The Guild is a division of the American College of Musicians which was founded in 1929. For this event, students audition for a piano judge who grades each student individually on their progress and how well they follow the directions in their pieces. The directions include things like dynamics (play soft and loud), rhythm, tempo, memory, technique (scales), and more. Participating students receive a special pin, certificate, and a piano report card. The Guild Auditions also offer students special scholarships and challenges to work on.

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Live Auditions

Auditions for participating students are held in hundreds of cities through the world. For students of MEA Piano Studio, the auditions are held at the studio each year in June. Any student can participate, regardless of age, level, practice habits or performance skills. Auditions are held on a Saturday and Sunday near the beginning of June.

Auditions Dates

2015 Guild Auditions

June 6 & 7

2016 Guild Auditions

TBA

Student Classifications

Students that participate in the Guild Auditions are broadly classified by level not by ages, grade, or length of study. This classification becomes more specific through the number of pieces each student chooses to play during the audition. Students begin choosing their pieces in December and must finalize the amount of pieces they would like to play by January 25th of each year. Students of any level can play between 1 and 20 pieces. More pieces can be played in special circumstances. In most cases, all repertoire must be memorized.

Level Classification

The main levels of the Guild Auditions are Elementary, Intermediate, Preparatory, Collegiate, and Artist. These levels are further divided into 4-6 more detailed skill levels. For examples, Elementary A, Elementary B, ect. Students are not required to advance each year. Students are not required to complete each level and may skip levels if needed. Any student can enter any level (except Collegiate).

  • Elementary Levels
    • Elementary A, B, C, D, E, F
    • Normally for students in grades K-6.
    • This includes very beginning (pre-reading) students to early intermediate level students (Sonatina in C by Clementi or Minuet in G by Bach).
  • Intermediate Levels
    • Intermediate A, B, C, D, E, F
    • Normally for students in the middle grades, 6-8.
  • Preparatory Levels
    • Preparatory A, B, C, D
    • Normally corresponds to the four years of high school, grades 9-12.
  • Collegiate Levels
    • Intermediate A, B, C, D, E, F
    • For students in college playing at a collegiate level.
    • A great option for students that wish to pursue music while getting their degrees.
  • Artist Levels
    • For students playing above the collegiate level.

Guild Audition Programs Events

Standard Program

The standard Guild program gives students the freedom to make and achieve their own goals. Students can prepare 1-20 pieces for the auditions each year. Students of any age or level may participate.

Standard Program Divisions

  • Pledge
    • Students memorize 1 piece.
    • Great for the very new student, the very young student, or the non-practicing student.
  • Local
    • Students memorize 2-3 pieces.
  • District
    • Students memorize 4-6 pieces.
  • State
    • Students memorize 7-9 pieces.
  • National
    • Students memorize 10-14 pieces.
  • International
    • Students memorize 15-20 pieces.

Standard Program Extra Credit

  • 1-4 Pieces
    • 0 extra credit.
  • 5-6 Pieces
    • 1 extra credit.
  • 7-9 Pieces
    • 2 extra credit.
  • 10-11 Pieces
    • 3 extra credit.
  • 12-14 Pieces
    • 4 extra credit.
  • 15 Pieces
    • 5 extra credit.



Standard Program Registration

To register for this option please:

  • Write an "ISM-15" for Sonatina and underline in blue.
  • Write an "PSM-15" for Sonata and underline in blue.

Standard Program Reminders

  • Extra Credits are allowed.
  • All pieces must be memorized.
  • Basic skills are required for all pieces.
      • Must be memorized. (Hobbyist do not have to memorize).
  • Exercises or studies may not be programmed.
  • Arrangements and transcriptions are allowed.
  • One original student composition is allowed.
  • Intermediate A levels and higher must prepare one piece from each of the four musical periods.
    • Elementary students can receive an point by fulfilling this requirement.
    • Arrangements are classified by the arranger.
  • Measure Requirements
    • Elementary B
      • Minimum of 8 measures for Method Book pieces.
    • Elementary C
      • Minimum of 16 measures for Method Book pieces.
  • Pieces from previous years can be used.

Standard Program Grading and Awards

Students are graded using the standard Guild Auditions Rating System. Students receive a special Mozart plaque.

Standard Program Entry Fees


Standard Program Divisions

  • Pledge
    • Elementary A - Intermediate B - $29
    • Intermediate C - Preparatory D - $ 30
  • Local
    • Elementary A - Intermediate B - $30
    • Intermediate C - Preparatory D - $ 33
  • District
    • Elementary A - Intermediate B - $31
    • Intermediate C - Preparatory D - $35
  • State
    • Elementary A - Intermediate B - $33
    • Intermediate C - Preparatory D - $37
  • National
    • 10 Pieces
      • Elementary A - Intermediate B - $35
      • Intermediate C - Preparatory D - $39
    • 11-12 Pieces
      • Elementary A - Intermediate B - $36
      • Intermediate C - Preparatory D - $40
    • 13-14 Pieces
      • Elementary A - Intermediate B - $37
      • Intermediate C - Preparatory D - $41
  • International
    • Elementary A - Intermediate B - $39
    • Intermediate C - Preparatory D - $42

Hobbyist

The Hobbyist program is for students that do not wish to memorize their pieces or have difficulty memorizing their pieces. Students play 1-8 pieces, plus do Basic Skills and Extra Credits. Elementary, Intermediate, Preparatory, Collegiate can participate. Students who do the #Jazz and Pop program may also participate in this section.

Hobbyist Divisions

The divisions for this level are as follows:

  • Hobbyist Pledge 1
    • Students prepare 1 piece
    • Students perform the corresponding Basic Skill(s).
    • No extra credits are allowed.
  • Hobbyist Pledge 2
    • Students prepare 2 pieces.
    • Students perform the corresponding Basic Skill(s).
    • No extra credits are allowed.
  • Hobbyist Pledge 3
    • Students prepare 3 pieces.
    • Students perform the corresponding Basic Skill(s).
    • No extra credits are allowed.
  • Hobbyist Pledge 4
    • Students prepare 4 pieces.
    • Students perform the corresponding Basic Skill(s).
    • No extra credits are allowed.
  • Hobbyist Pledge 5
    • Students prepare 5 pieces.
    • Intermediate A and above must have one piece from each musical period (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary).
    • Students perform the corresponding Basic Skill(s).
    • One extra credit is required.
  • Hobbyist Pledge 6
    • Students prepare 6 pieces.
    • Intermediate A and above must have one piece from each musical period (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary).
    • Students perform the corresponding Basic Skill(s).
    • One extra credit is required.
  • Hobbyist Pledge 7
    • Students prepare 7 pieces.
    • Intermediate A and above must have one piece from each musical period (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary).
    • Students perform the corresponding Basic Skill(s).
    • One extra credit is required.
  • Hobbyist Pledge 8
    • Students prepare 8 pieces.
    • Intermediate A and above must have one piece from each musical period (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary).
    • Students perform the corresponding Basic Skill(s).
    • One extra credit is required.
    • One of the 8 pieces may be a duet.

Hobbyist Registration

To register for this option please:

  • Write an "H" before the student's level classification. Example: H-EA
  • Write the number of pieces after the level classification. Example: H-EA2
  • Write a "JH" before the student's level classification if they are doing the Jazz and Pop program. Example: JH-EA
  • Write the number of pieces after the level classification. Example: JH-EA2

Hobbyist Reminders

  • The Piano Ensemble Program does not count towards certifications, scholarships, or student awards.
  • Students must remember to bring their music to their auditions.
    • Failure to bring music could result in a disqualification.

Hobbyist Grading and Awards

The Hobbyist receive grades similar to school. Students receive an A, B, C, D, or F. Each letter grade can have an accompanying plus or minus. Students receive a certificate and report card.

Hobbyist Entry Fees


  • Hobbyist 1-4
    • Elementary - Intermediate - $30
    • Preparatory - Collegiate - $35
  • * Hobbyist 5-8
    • Elementary - Intermediate - $35
    • Preparatory - Collegiate - $40

Piano Ensemble

The Piano Ensemble program is for students that wish to play piano duets, piano trios, piano quartets, and duos. Students play 1-3 piano ensemble pieces, with other students or a teacher. Basic Skills are required. The average fee $28-$31. Elementary, Intermediate, Preparatory, Collegiate, and Young Artists classifications can participate. Students who do the #Jazz and Pop program may also participate in this section.

Piano Ensemble Divisions

The divisions for this level are as follows:

  • Piano Duet
    • Two pianists playing on the same piano.
  • Piano Duo
    • Two pianists playing on two different pianos.
  • Piano Trio
    • Three pianists playing on the same piano.
  • Piano Quartet
    • Four pianists playing on two different pianos.

Piano Ensemble Registration

To register for this option please:

  • Write an "D" before the student's level classification. Example: D-EA
  • Write the number of pieces after the level classification. Example: D-EA2
  • Highlight the entire selection in "yellow". Example: D-EA2
  • Students are registered based on the level of the piano ensemble selection.

Piano Ensemble Reminders

  • No extra credits are allowed.
  • Pieces do not have to be memorization.
  • Basic skills are required for all participants except teachers.
  • Pieces must be performed in their entirety.
  • Themes and Variations count as one piece.
  • The Piano Ensemble Program does not count towards certifications, scholarships, or student awards.

Piano Ensemble Grading and Awards

Students are graded using the standard Guild Auditions Rating System. Each student receives a certificate, a report card, and a pin.

Piano Ensemble Entry Fees


  • Piano Ensembles - 1 Piece
    • Elementary A - Intermediate B - $28 per group, not per student.
    • Intermediate C and above - $29 per group, not per student.
  • * Piano Ensembles - 2-3 Pieces
    • Elementary A - Intermediate B - $30 per group, not per student.
    • Intermediate C and above - $31 per group, not per student.

Jazz and Pop

The Jazz and Pop program is for students that wish to explore more contemporary genres. Students may prepare a standard program of 1-20 memorized pieces, or prepare a Hobbyist program of 1-8 unmemorized pieces. Basic Skills, with some exceptions, are required for all pieces. Elementary, Intermediate, Preparatory, Collegiate, and Young Artists classifications can participate.

Jazz and Pop Acceptable Genres

Only the following genres are acceptable:

  • Ragtime
  • Stride Piano
  • Boogie-Woogie
  • Swing
  • Bebop Piano
  • Blues/Cool Jazz
  • Progressive Jazz
  • New Age
  • Funk/Soul
  • Jazz
  • Impressionism
  • Hard Bop
  • Rock 'n Roll
  • Latin
  • Jazz-Rock
  • Fusion
  • Avante-Gard/Free Form Jazz
  • Country
  • Lead-Sheet Music - Limitations are as follows:
    • Pledge - 1 piece program - None.
    • Local - 2-3 piece program - None.
    • District - 4-6 piece program - One.
    • State - 7-9 piece program - Two.
    • National - 10-14 piece program - Three.
    • National - 15-20 piece program - Three.
  • Film Music - Examples include:
    • Hedwig's Theme from Harry Potter
    • Love Story

Jazz and Pop Registration

To register for this option please:

  • Write an "J" before the student's level classification. Example: J-EA
  • Write the number of pieces after the level classification. Example: J-EA2
  • Write a "JH" before the student's level classification if they are doing the Jazz and Pop Hobbyist Program. Example: JH-EA
  • Write the number of pieces after the level classification. Example: JH-EA2

Jazz and Pop Reminders

  • Extra Credits are allowed.
  • All pieces must be memorized unless students do a Hobbyist program.
  • Basic skills are required for all pieces except:
    • Pieces written in a Blues Scale
    • Modal, Atonal, or Polytonal pieces.
  • Pieces must be performed in their entirety.
  • Themes and Variations count as one piece.
  • Students performing a 10-20 piece program can have their performances count towards the 5 (or more) year National Winner status.
  • Students performing a 10-20 piece program can have 3 performances count towards Guild Scholarships.
  • One duet can be performed:
    • on a 10 piece program.
    • on an 8 piece Hobbyist program.
  • Intermediate A levels and higher are exempt from the requirement of having one piece from each musical period.
  • Performances are on the piano provided, NOT a keyboard.

Jazz and Pop Grading and Awards

Students are graded using the standard Guild Auditions Rating System. Each student receives a certificate, a report card, and a pin. The color pin and type of pin corresponds to the number of pieces on the student's program. Jazz and Pop awards are designed especially for this event.

Jazz and Pop Entry Fees


Standard Entry Fees


Chamber Ensemble

The Chamber Ensemble program is for students that wish to explore playing with other instruments besides piano. Students may prepare 1 ensemble piece per program. Basic Skills, with some exceptions, are required for the pianists. Elementary, Intermediate, Preparatory, Collegiate, and Young Artists classifications can participate.

Chamber Ensemble Divisions

Only the following genres are acceptable:

  • Piano and Voice
  • Piano and plus One Instrument
  • Piano and plus Two Instruments
  • Piano and plus Three Instruments
  • Piano and plus Four Instruments

Chamber Ensemble Registration

To register for this option please:

  • Write an "E" before the student's level classification. Example: E-EA
  • Highlight the entire selection in "yellow". Example: E-EA
  • Write the number of pieces after the level classification. Example: J-EA2
  • Write a "JH" before the student's level classification if they are doing the Jazz and Pop Hobbyist Program. Example: JH-EA
  • Write the number of pieces after the level classification. Example: JH-EA2

Chamber Ensemble Reminders

  • Only one ensemble piece can be programmed per event.
  • Level of classification is determined by the piano part.
  • Extra Credits are not allowed.
  • Pieces do not need to be memorized.
  • Basic skills are required only for the pianist.
  • Pieces must be performed in their entirety.
  • Themes and Variations count as one piece.
  • Chamber Ensemble programs do not count towards certifications, scholarships, or student awards.
  • Chamber Ensembles can't be programmed as apart of any other program.

Chamber Ensemble Grading and Awards

Students are graded using the standard Guild Auditions Rating System. Each participant receives a certificate, a report card, and a pin.

Chamber Ensemble Entry Fees


  • Chamber Ensemble - 1 Piece
    • Elementary A - Intermediate B - $30 per group, not per student.
    • Intermediate C and above - $31 per group, not per student.

Social Music Certificate

The Social Music Test is a one of several certificate programs offered through the Guild Auditions. Students may participate in this program for multiple years. Unlike the most programs, students must pass the requirements in order to earn their certificate. Basic Skills, with some exceptions, are required for all pieces. Elementary, Intermediate, Preparatory, Collegiate, and Young Artists classifications can participate.

Social Music Requirements

  • 2 unmemorized Hymns
    • Hymns are religious music and can be from any faith.
    • Examples include Jesus Loves Me or Joyful, Joyful'.
  • 2 unmemorized Patriotic Songs
    • Any patriotic from any country.
    • Examples include Star Spangled Banner, or God, Save the Queen.
  • 2 unmemorized Folk Songs
    • Examples include Mary Had a Little Lamb or London Bridge.
  • 2 unmemorized College Songs
  • 2 unmemorized Popular Songs
    • 2 vocal accompaniments OR
    • 2 instrumental accompaniments OR
    • 1 of each of the above.
  • 1 memorized Recital Piece
    • This can be from any musical era.
  • Sight Reading
    • For the audition, the judge will bring the sight reading music.
    • Students should practice this skill daily in order to be successful during the audition.

Social Music Registration

To register for this option please:

  • Write "SMT" after the level classification. Example: EA2-SMT

Social Music Reminders

  • The memorized Recital Piece determines the level classification.
  • All pieces must be memorized unless students do a Hobbyist program.
  • Basic skills are required for only the Recital Piece.
  • Pieces must be performed in their entirety.
  • Themes and Variations count as one piece.
  • Students performing the Social Music test can not have their performances count towards certificates or awards.
  • One piano ensemble can be performed:
    • It can not be the memorized Recital Piece.

Social Music Grading and Awards

Students are graded using the standard Guild Auditions Rating System.

Social Music Entry Fees


Entry fee is $30 per student.


Bach Challenge

The Bach Challenge is an ambitious program for students that wish to explore the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Students must prepare and pass a program of 15 memorized pieces. Students of any age or levels may participate.

Bach Challenge Requirements

  • Early Bach
    • Students must choose 15 pieces by Bach.
    • Appropriate selections include easier Bach pieces Musette in D, Minuet in G, ect.
  • Advanced Bach
    • Students must choose 15 pieces by Bach.
    • Appropriate selections include advanced Bach pieces like Two Part Inventions, Partitas, ect.

Bach Challenge Registration

To register for this option please:

  • Write an "EBM-IS-15" for Early Bach and underline in blue.
  • Write an "PBM-IS-15" for Advanced Bach and underline in blue.

Please also be sure to follow the extra requirements listed below:

Phase I

  • Send in a pre-approval application
    • All pieces must include the BWV numbers.
    • The postmark deadline is December 1st.
    • Pieces can not be changed after they have been approved.
    • Include the initial application fee.

Phase II

  • Please mail the following:
    • Make a copy of the Report Card Stub
    • Fill out the Special Enrollment Card.

Bach Challenge Reminders

  • Extra Credits are not allowed.
  • All pieces must be memorized unless students do a Hobbyist program.
  • Basic skills are required for all pieces:
    • For Early Bach, the minimum level is Intermediate A.
    • For Advanced Bach, the minimum level is Preparatory A.
  • Bach Concerti
    • Are only allowed on for Advanced Bach.
    • Only one concerto is allowed.
    • Only the first movement.
  • Only pieces by or attributed to J.S. Bach are allowed.
  • Transcriptions, simplifications, are arrangements are NOT allowed.
  • Students must pass this level with more C's than A's.
  • Pre-approval is required.
  • 12 pieces must be from the Irl Allison Library or the Guild Repertoire books.

Bach Challenge Grading and Awards

Students are graded using the standard Guild Auditions Rating System. Students receive a special Bach plaque.

Bach Challenge Entry Fees


  • Early Bach
    • Total Fees are $59.
    • Phase I - $37 application fee.
    • Phase II - $22 Final Fee
  • Advanced Bach
    • Total Fees are $66.
    • Phase I - $42 application fee.
    • Phase II - $22 Final Fee

Sonatina and Sonata Challenge

The Sonatina Challenge is an ambitious program for students that wish to explore the music of Sonatinas while the Sonata Challenge allow students to explore the more advanced format of Sonatas. Students must prepare and pass a program of memorized Sonatinas or Sonatas. Students of any age or levels may participate.

Sonatina and Sonata Challenge Requirements

  • Sonatinas Challenge
    • Students must choose 5 complete Sonatinas.
    • Sonatinas must total to 14 or 15 movements.
    • Only one contemporary Sonatina is allowed and it must follow the Sonata Form.
  • Sonata Challenge
    • Students must choose 5 complete Sonatas.
    • Sonatinas must total to 14 or 15 movements.
    • Only one Scarlatti Sonata can be used.

Sonatina Challenge Registration

To register for this option please:

  • Write an "ISM-15" for Sonatina and underline in blue.
  • Write an "PSM-15" for Sonata and underline in blue.

Please also be sure to follow the extra requirements listed below:

Phase I
  • Send in a pre-approval application
    • All pieces must include the the key, opus, and number for each piece..
    • The postmark deadline is December 1st.
    • Pieces can not be changed after they have been approved.
    • Include the initial application fee.
Phase II
  • Please mail the following:
    • Make a copy of the Report Card Stub
    • Fill out the Special Enrollment Card.
    • Clearly write the pieces in the program.

Sonatina Challenge Reminders

  • Extra Credits are not allowed.
  • All pieces must be memorized.
  • Basic skills are required for all pieces:
    • The minimum level is the Sonatina Challenge is Intermediate A.
    • The minimum level is the Sonata Challenge is Preparatory A.
  • Contemporary Sonatina
    • Only one is allowed.
  • All movements must be played.
  • Students must pass this level with more C's than A's.
  • Pre-approval is required.
  • Four Sonatinas must be from the Irl Allison Library or the Guild Repertoire books.

Sonatina Challenge Grading and Awards

Students are graded using the standard Guild Auditions Rating System. Students receive a special Mozart plaque.

Sonatina and Sonata Challenge Entry Fees


  • Sonatina Challenge
    • Total Fees are $59.
    • Phase I - $37 application fee.
    • Phase II - $22 Final Fee
  • Sonatina Challenge
    • Total Fees are $64.
    • Phase I - $42 application fee.
    • Phase II - $22 Final Fee

Diplomas

The Diploma Program is an ambitious program for students in high school and beyond. Students have several options to choose from as they prepare pieces for this event. To participate, students must be in high school or older.

Diploma Programs

  • Regular High School Diploma
    • Only for high school juniors, seniors, or high school graduates.
    • Difficulty level is Preparatory D or higher.
  • High School Diploma in Social Music
  • Freshman Collegiate Diploma
  • Sophomore Collegiate Diploma
  • Junior Collegiate Diploma
  • Senior Collegiate Diploma

Diploma Requirements

  • Requirements
    • All seven Extra Credits - all requirements will be heard during the audition.


  • Unacceptable Repertoire
    • Arrangements and transcriptions. All repertoire must be in original.
    • Student Compositions
    • Teacher Compositions
    • Piano Ensembles - Duets, trios, quartets, or duos
    • Musical styles listed under the Jazz and Pop Program, except:
      • Original music by Joplin, Gershwin, Copland and Bolcom.

Diploma Requirements

  • Regular High School Diploma
    • Only for high school juniors, seniors, or high school graduates.
    • Difficulty level is Preparatory D or higher.
    • Five extra credits.
    • Repertoire
      • Bach - Matched pair of a Prelude and Fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier OR one movement from the Italian Concerto OR 1 3 part invention plus 2 dances from a French Suite, English Suite or Partita.
      • Sonata - One complete Sonata by Hadyn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert.
        • Non-Preparatory D Level Sonatas will not be accepted and include:
          • Beethoven
            • Op. 49, No. 1
            • Op. 49, No. 2
            • All 3 Bonn Sonatas
          • Hadyn
            • HOB XVI 35
            • HOB XVI 34
            • HOB XVI 34
          • Mozart
            • K 545
            • K 283
            • K 189 h
            • K 280
  • High School Diploma in Social Music
  • Freshman Collegiate Diploma
  • Sophomore Collegiate Diploma
  • Junior Collegiate Diploma
  • Senior Collegiate Diploma

Diploma Registration

To register for this option please:

  • Write an "EBM-IS-15" for Early Bach and underline in blue.
  • Write an "PBM-IS-15" for Advanced Bach and underline in blue.

Please also be sure to follow the extra requirements listed below:

Phase I

  • Send in a pre-approval application
    • All pieces must include the BWV, Opus, ect numbers.
    • The postmark deadline is December 1st.
    • Pieces can not be changed after they have been approved.

Phase II

  • Please mail the following:
    • Make a copy of the Report Card Stub
    • The signed Approval Card.

Diploma Reminders

  • All Extra Credit items must be prepared and will be heard in their entirety.
  • All repertoire will be heard in their entirety.
  • All pieces must be memorized unless students do a Hobbyist program.
  • Basic skills are required for all pieces:
    • For Early Bach, the minimum level is Intermediate A.
    • For Advanced Bach, the minimum level is Preparatory A.
  • Bach Concerti
    • Are only allowed on for Advanced Bach.
    • Only one concerto is allowed.
    • Only the first movement.
  • Only pieces by or attributed to J.S. Bach are allowed.
  • Transcriptions, simplifications, are arrangements are NOT allowed.
  • Students must pass this level with more C's than A's.
  • Pre-approval is required.
  • 12 pieces must be from the Irl Allison Library or the Guild Repertoire books.

Diploma Grading and Awards

Students are graded using the standard Guild Auditions Rating System. Students receive a special Bach plaque.

Diploma Entry Fees


  • Regular High School Diploma
    • Total Fees are $62
  • School Diploma in Social Music
    • Total Fees are $52