Professional Performance Division: Teacher's Grading Criteria

Private lesson grading consists of one assessment (50%) that is the final exam and a second assessment (50%) which is the teacher's way of measuring a student's performance and progress in the private lesson using a number of different criteria.

Listed below are the criteria with which students will be graded.

GRADE - A (90-100)

  • Shows up to lessons on time, tuned up and ready to play
  • Makes the private lesson a priority and keeps the teacher well informed as to musical and academic activities
  • Focuses on weaknesses as well as strengths, takes suggestions, and at the same time, has own inner direction
  • Works above and beyond teacher's expectations, prepares assigned materials, and performs at a high level
  • Shows improvement of instrumental skills and musicianship
  • Is an active student player/performer, seeks playing (as well as listening) opportunities around the college, and is self-motivated

GRADE - B (80 - 89)

  • Shows up to lessons on time, but is not always prepared
  • Makes the private lesson a priority, but not his/her top priority
  • Focuses on weaknesses and makes progress
  • Prepares assignments most of the time, but sometimes makes excuses for not preparing lesson, because other work gets in the way
  • Shows improvement of instrumental skills and musicianship
  • Is an active student player/performer and is self-motivated

GRADE - C (70 - 79)

  • May show up to lessons on time, but not always prepared
  • Private lesson is not a priority
  • Avoids weaknesses and rarely makes progress
  • Occasionally prepares assignments, has frequent excuses, and lacks self-motivation
  • Shows little improvement of instrumental skills and musicianship
  • This student is inconsistent
  • This student may or may not be an active student player/performer

GRADE - D (60 - 69)

  • Rarely shows up to lessons on time and is rarely prepared
  • Shows little interest in improving instrumental skills and/or musicianship
  • Rarely takes suggestions
  • This student is probably not an active student player/performer
  • This student barely performs at the level, however, there is some evidence of musical ability that warrants a passing grade
  • This student receives a grade of 60 or higher on the final exam

GRADE - F (Below 60)

  • Rarely shows up to lessons on time and is rarely prepared
  • Shows little interest in improving instrumental skills and/or musicianship
  • Rarely takes suggestions
  • This student is probably not an active student player/performer
  • This student does not perform at level and/or fails the final exam