Incentive Programs

Major sharp keys

1. Name all major keys with sharps.

2. Be able to write and identify the key signatures of all major sharp keys.

3. Play scales and arpeggios with correct fingering in all major sharp keys.

Major flat keys

1. Name all major keys with flats.

2. Be able to write and identify the key signatures of all major flat keys.

3. Play scales and arpeggios with correct fingering in all major flat keys.

4. Demonstrate that you still know all the major sharp keys.

5. Play I IV I V7 I cadence in all major keys.

Major wrap up

1. Be able to write and identify the key signature for all major keys.

2. Play scales and arpeggios with correct fingers in all major keys.

3. Play I IV I V7 I cadence in all inversions in all major keys.

4. Play I vi ii V7 I cadence in root position in all major keys.

6. Be able to write all major keys in the Circle of 5ths.

Minor keys

1. Name all three forms of minor keys.

2. Be able to identify and write the key signatures of all minor keys.

3. Play scales and arpeggios with correct fingering in all harmonic minor keys.

4. Be able to write both major and minor keys in the Circle of 5ths.

Composition (repeatable each year)

1. Compose (make up and write down by hand) an original composition of at least 16 measures for elementary age students and 32 measures for middle/high school age students.

2. Use a music program to notate the composition including tempo markings, dynamics, etc.

3. Perform your composition at a group lesson, recital, talent show, etc.

Music History (repeatable each year)

1. Learn about an important historical composer and give a 5 min spoken, memorized presentation on him to your group lesson class.

2. Show a picture of the composer and include a performance of a piece by that composer in your presentation. The piece does not need to be memorized.

3. Name 3 other composers working at about the same time.

4. Tell 3 things about the world at the time these composers lived.

Memorization (repeatable each year)

1. Memorize 5 pieces, each of at least 3 pages in length, having at least 2 memorized at the same time.

2. Keep a performance log of when/where memorized pieces are played.

3. Perform all 5 of the memorized pieces at a group lesson or recital, not necessarily on the same day.

4. Perform at least 1 of the memorized pieces someplace else, i.e. school class, talent show, family gathering, etc.

Recital (high school age students only)

1. Present a solo or joint recital in which you play at least 30 min. of music.

2. Invite at least 10 people beyond your immediate family to come to your recital.

3. Prepare a printed program for the recital including proper titles of pieces and composers’ names.

Note: High school seniors are required to give a recital.