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Certificate of Distinction

Certificate requirements

Performance

  • Achievement of Advanced Level rank by May of the junior year of high school. The Advanced Level rank is designed for students dedicated to developing performance skills at the highest level. Acceptance into the Advanced Level rank is by audition adjudicated by the Certificate Program Council in May, and held no later than May of the student's junior year of high school. Students must perform at least three contrasting compositions from three stylistic periods. Suggestions for appropriate repertoire are available from the studio teacher.
  • Studio or departmental performance class participation each semester. These classes afford the opportunity to develop analytical listening skills and to practice performing before other students and teachers. Scheduling of performance classes is at the discretion of the studio teacher. Attendance and participation are expected.
  • Studio recital performance. Students should perform a minimum of once a semester. These should be solo performances, although occasionally a chamber ensemble is acceptable. The program must be signed by a faculty member present at the performance and submitted to the student's private teacher to be filed in the student's certificate folder.
  • Instrumental or choral ensemble participation as qualified. This requirement is necessarily flexible. All orchestral players must audition for one of Blair's large ensembles and participate if accepted. They are also expected to participate in their school's band or orchestra each year. All non-orchestral instrumentalists should participate in a choir or other ensemble performance group for at least one year. Vocalists must participate in a choir each year. (This is not restricted to Blair choirs. School, church and other choral programs are also acceptable.)
  • Enrollment in chamber music for at least one year, with coaching by a faculty member, and participation in performance class, a student recital, or a Certificate Recital.
  • Pre-recital hearing for the Certificate Recital, heard by the Certificate Program Council. This hearing is performed for a panel chosen by the student's teacher and the coordinator of the Certificate Program from the following three groups: the departmental faculty, teachers with students in the Certificate Program, an the Certificate Program Council. Informal programs must be provided for the panel members. The hearing must take place at least three weeks before the scheduled recital date and merit a grade of B+ or better. Under exceptional circumstances, one re-hearing may be permitted, no later than 10 days before the recital date.
  • Public performance of a Certificate Recital, at least 30 minutes in length. Appropriate level repertoire is required, and may include chamber music. Because the pre-recital hearing is graded, the actual recital is not required to be graded.

General

  • A grade point average of at least B+ in classwork and performance studies.
  • Attendance at two faculty recitals or large ensemble concerts (professional or collegiate) twice each semester. Students must submit each recital program, signed by a faculty member present at the performance, to the Certificate Program Coordinator.

Course work

Certificate with Honors

  • Music theory study at the Blair School for at least three years, completing at least Level 6 of the theory curriculum.
  • Music history study at the Blair School for at least two years.
  • Instrumental or vocal study at the Blair School for at least three years. Repertoire studied should include all major periods and styles of music. Semester Reports filled out by the instructor provide a record of this, and must include a complete repertoire list.

Standard Certificate

  • Music theory study at the Blair School for at least two years, completing at least Level 4 of the theory curriculum.
  • Music history study at the Blair School for at least one year.
  • Instrumental or vocal study at the Blair School for at least two years. Repertoire studied should include all major periods and styles of music. Semester Reports filled out by the instructor provide a record of this, and must include a complete repertoire list.