The Piano Guild
The Piano Guild is a division of the American College of Musicians. The American College of Musicians consists of The National Guild of Piano Teachers, The National (and International) Fraternity of Student Musicians, The International Piano Composition Contest, and The Raissa Tselentis Johann Sebastian Bach Scholarship.
Purpose of The National Guild of Piano Teachers
The primary function of the NGPT is to establish definite goals and awards for piano students of all levels and grades - goals for the earliest beginner as well as the artistic adult; goals for the slow pupil as well as the gifted prodigy. These goals attempt to prevent aimless drifting and give music study some definite direction and provide a measurement for progress. As a result, a piano curriculum encompassing the best of piano literature and stressing American compositions has been standardized. All piano students have a yearly opportunity to attain these goals through non-competitive adjudication in the Annual National Piano Playing Auditions. Auditions are private (student and judge only) with well-qualified musicians serving as judges. Students are judged on individual merit in the areas of accuracy, continuity, phrasing, pedaling, dynamics, rhythm, tempo, tone, interpretation, style, and technique.
About The National (and International) Fraternity of Student Musicians
The NFSM (National Fraternity of Student Musicians) is an organization consisting of students participating in Guild auditions. Since auditions are held abroad as well as in the U.S., the Fraternity of Student Musicians is international in scope. These students automatically become members of NFSM, and can take advantage of privileges of membership:
a. Students are entitled to yearly adjudication, pins, certificates, and report cards.
b. Students can work toward Guild Diplomas and Scholarships. (Scholarships are awarded those students continuing their study of piano.)
c. Students can enter the Guild's Annual Composition Contest.
d. Students can subscribe to Piano Guild Notes for a yearly fee of $15.00 or $4.00 per issue.Students may also be pictured in the Piano Guild Notes based on qualification (Diploma and Scholarship winners; 5, 10, and 15-year Nationals and Paderewski students; National and International winners).
Categorizing Pieces and Fees
The terms Pledge, Local, District, State, National, or International are used to designate the number of pieces played.
Capital letters in parenthesis symbolize levels (EA-EF: Elementary Levels; IA-IF: Intermediate Levels; PA-PD: Preparatory Levels; CA-CD: Collegiate Levels; YA: Artist).
Pledge - Entry fee: (EA-IB) $25.00; (IC-PD) $26.00; (CA-YA) $30.00
-Pledge candidates play one memorized piece and IMMT.
Local - Entry fee: (EA-IB) $26.00; (IC-PD) $29.00; (CA-YA) $30.00
-Local candidates perform two (red star) or three (blue star) memorized pieces as well as IMMT.
District - Entry fee: (EA-IB) $27.00; (IC-PD) $31.00; (CA-YA) $32.00
-District candidates perform four (red star), five (blue star), or six (gold star) memorized pieces as well as IMMT.
State - Entry fee: (EA-IB) $29.00; (IC-PD) $33.00; (CA-YA) $34.00
-State candidates perform seven (red star), eight (blue star), or nine (gold star) memorized pieces as well as IMMT.
National 10 pieces - Entry fee: (EA-IB) $31.00; (IC-PD) $35.00; (CA-YA) $37.00
National 11-12 pieces - Entry fee: (EA-IB) $32.00; (IC-PD) $36.00; (CA-YA) $38.00
National 13-14 pieces - Entry fee: (EA-IB) $33.00; (IC-PD) $37.00; (CA-YA) $39.00
-National candidates perform 10 (red star), 11-12 (blue star), or 13-14 (gold star) memorized pieces as well as IMMT.
International - Entry fee: (EA-IB) $35.00; (IC-PD) $38.00; (CA-YA) $40.00
-International candidates perform 15-20 memorized pieces and IMMT.
"IMMT" means "Irreducible Minimum Musicianship Test" - this means the student will play scales and cadences for each piece that they play.
EA level students do not play IMMT
**Please note that all fees are non-refundable. Fee amounts listed are updated for the 2011-2012 year.