Jury Requirements and Adjudication Sheet

The jury is the most signficant factor in the student’s success in the DSA Piano class.

Recital pieces will be performed during a jury process that will assess the student’s qualification to perform in a standard DSA class piano recital.  The jury will generally occur during the week preceding the recital.  Adjudicators may listen to the complete work, but will probably audition only portions of the work, especially if the student has consistently performed successfully in the piano class.  A student who cannot satisfactorily complete his/her piece by memory will receive no credit for the jury.  Adjudicator’s decisions are final.  The student is responsible to supply one copy of the music to the adjudicators, and will receive a 10-point deduction if the music is not available.  The recital piece must be learned in its entirety.

The student will also be required to perform a technical requirement that includes scales in the key of his/her juried selection, and also in the major or minor scales relative to that key. If the recital piece is in E-Major, students should be prepared to play the E-Major scale and the three forms of the c#-minor scale.  High School students and 7th and 8th Graders are required to perform all scales four octaves  Sixth Graders are required to perform all scales two octaves.  Juniors and Seniors may choose to perform arpeggios in lieu of scales.

Below, please find the adjudication sheet used in DSA Piano juries.

Name: ______________________________

Selection Performed: ________________________

Technical Requirement:

Major Scale:   1 2 3 4 5

Harmonic Minor Scale:  1 2 3 4 5

Melodic Minor Scale:  1 2 3 4 5

Natural Minor Scale:  1 2 3 4 5

Biographical Information:  1 2 3 4 5

 Prepared Piece:

Memorization: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Accuracy:  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Use of pedal: 1 2 3 4 5

Tempo, Meter, and Rhythm: 1 2 3 4 5

Dynamics:  1 2 3 4 5

Touch (staccato, legato, leggiero, accents) 1 2 3 4 5

Continuity, Flow:  1 2 3 4 5

Stylistically Correct Interpretation: 1 2 3 4 5

Difficulty Factor:  1 2 3 4 5

Phrasing:  1 2 3 4 5

Balance: 1 2 3 4 5

Tone Quality: 1 2 3 4 5

Stage Presence: 1 2 3 4 5