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Viola Standards 


Four Year Progression for Viola

The Methods/Etudes and Solo sections of this document are samples of materials that are appropriate at the various levels.   Note that there is some overlap of material between the years.   Etude books are often used over several years, and solos can be appropriate at more than one level.  Other material at the appropriate level can also be substituted by the instructor.  The tables below describe minimum requirements.
 

Year,
Semester
MUAP 1200/3200
(Performance Track)
MUAP 1100/3100
(BA General, BME, BMT)

Fresh 1

Review of fundamental technique
3-octave scales and arpeggios
Grade 1 and 2 studies (2) and Grade 2 repertoire (1 mvt.)

Review of fundamental technique
3-octave C scale and arpeggios
Grade 1 studies (1) and repertoire
(1 mvt.)

Fresh 2

3-oct. scales, arpeggios, 7ths
Grade 2 and 3 studies (2) and repertoire (1 mvt.)

Review of fundamental technique
3-octave scales and arpeggios
Grade 1 and 2 studies (2) and repertoire
(1 mvt.)

Soph 1

3-oct. scales, arpeggios, 7ths
Simple double stops
Grade 3 studies (1) and repertoire (1 mvt.)

3-oct. scales, arpeggios, 7ths
Grade 1 and 2 studies (2) and repertoire
(1 mvt.)

Soph 2

3-oct. scales, arpeggios, 7ths
Simple double stops
Grade 3 and 4 studies (1) and repertoire
(1 mvt.)

3-octave scales, arpeggios,  7ths
Grade 2 studies (2) and repertoire (1 mvt.)

Junior 1

3- or 4-oct. scales, arpeggios, 7ths
Double stops
Grade 3 and 4 studies (1) and repertoire (2 mvts.)

3-octave scales, arpeggios,  7ths
Grade 2 and 3 studies (2) and repertoire
(1 mvt.)

Junior 2

3- or 4-oct. scales, arpeggios, 7ths
Double stops
Grade 4 and 5 studies (1) and repertoire (2 mvts.)
Junior recital (30 minutes. Includes concerto movement or concert piece)

3-octave scales, arpeggios,  7ths
Grade 2 and 3 studies and repertoire

Senior Year

Preparation for senior recital/auditions.
Technical studies as appropriate.
Three movements from Grade 4-5 repertoire performed at senior recital (50 minutes. Includes concerto movement  performed from memory).

1st semester: 3- or 4-oct. (C) scales, arpeggios, 7ths, simple double stops.
Grade 3 and 4 studies and repertoire (2 mvts)
2nd semester: 3- or 4-oct. (C, Db, D) scales, arpeggios, 7ths, simple double stops. Grade 3 and 4 studies and repertoire (2 mvts.)
Optional junior recital (30 minutes).




Sample Graded Methods/Etudes and Solos

Grade 1 Repertoire
Marcello, Sonata in E
Doktor, First Solos for the Viola Player
Eccles, Sonata in G

Grade 1 Technical Literature
Hoffman, Viola Studies, op. 86
Kreutzer, 42 Etudes, no. 2
Schradieck, School of Viola Technics, vol. 1,
     no. 1
Whistler, Introducing the Positions v. 1
Wohlfahrt, Foundation Studies

Grade 2 Repertoire
Bruch, Kol Nidrei
Handel, Sonatas
Liszt, Romance Oubliee
Seitz, Student Concerto no. 3
Telemann, Concerto in G
Vivaldi, Concerto in D, Op. 3/6

Grade 2 Technical Literature
Dont, 24 Preparatory Studies, Op. 37
Kreutzer, 42 Etudes, nos. 9, 11, 13
Mazas, Etudes Speciales, Op. 36, vol. 1
Schradieck, School of Viola Technics, vol. 1
Whistler, Introducing the Positions, v. 1-2

Grade 3 Repertoire
Bach, J.C. (Casadesus) Concerto in C
Benda, Concerto in F
Bloch, Meditation and Processional
Faure, Elegy
Handel (Casadesus), Concerto in B
Hindemith, Trauermusik
Sitt, Romance

Grade 3 Technical literature
Kreutzer, 42 Etudes
Mazas, Etudes Brillantes, Op. 36, vol. 2
Sevcik, School of Technique, Op. 1, part 2-3
Schradieck, School of Viola Technique,
vol. 1-3
Sitt, 15 Etudes, Op. 116
           

Grade 4 Repertoire
Bach, J. S. Six Cello Suites (selected mvts.)
Bloch, Suite Hebraique
Brahms, Sonatas Op. 120, nos. 1-2
Britten, Lachrymae
Hoffmeister, Concerto in D
Schumann, Marchenbilder, Op. 113
Vanhal, Concerto in F
Weber, Andante e Rondo Ongarese

Grade 4 Technical Literature
Bruni, 25 Studies
Campagnoli, 41 Caprices
Kreutzer, 42 Etudes
Rode, 24 Caprices

Grade 5 Repertoire
Bach, J. S.  Six Cello Suites
Clarke, Sonata
Hindemith, Der Schawanendreher
Mozart, Symphonie Concertante in Eb
Walton, Concerto

Grade 5 Technical Literature
Dont, 24 Etudes and Caprices, Op. 35
Rode, 24 Caprices
 
 

 
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