NZ Suzuki Institute Student Graduation Submission - Individual
Current March 2018
Dr Suzuki chose milestone pieces from the violin repertoire that he felt demonstrated accomplishment and skill development. The graduation pieces are not an indication of book completion and are not necessarily the last piece in the book. Over the years each instrument has chosen its own relevant milestone pieces. Currently, NZSI offers graduation opportunities for Cello, Flute, Guitar, Piano and Violin. The Listeners for NZSI student graduations are NZSI registered trainers and experienced teachers who have undertaken professional development in graduation assessment.

Benefits for participating in Suzuki Graduations Process:
- Nurtures excellence in both students and teachers.
- Collectively raises the standard of instrument playing overall.
- Provides a goal for students and teachers.
- Gives a personal record for posterity.
- Creates a valid reason to maintain and revise repertoire.
- Validates the revision/review concept “when children know a piece deeply they can become free to express the music.”
- Gives the Suzuki community the opportunity to recognise the accomplishment of the student, i.e. graduation published in the NZSI journal.
- The reports issued can assist the home teacher in student evaluation.
- Home teachers receive clear guidelines of standards expected.

When preparing and applying for Student Graduations, please take note of the following:
Deadline Dates:
15 May and 15 September (deadline will be strictly adhered to in order to facilitate the process.)
Student must be current NZSI members learning with a current NZSI registered teacher.
Cost: $30 per student for each level and instrument

Specifics of the Suzuki Graduation Recording:
- It is recommended that students be one book beyond the graduation level before making their graduation recording.
- The recording should demonstrate mastery and refinement according to the criteria set for each instrument.
- The recording should be a collaborative effort between student and teacher.
- The private teacher must assure the set criteria is achieved before the recording is submitted.

If the Listener finds the recording does not meet the required criteria, they will communicate with the private teacher in order to help the teacher to prepare the student thoroughly, and they may invite the teacher and student to make another recording and resubmit this at no extra cost.

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