ACHIEVEMENT DAY OPTIONS GUIDELINES
A: PERFORMANCE OPTIONS: (1 REQUIRED)
#1 Student plays ONE ADDITIONAL PIECE. Levels Prep. - 6 may play any piece. Levels
7-12 choose a piece from a different period of music history than their required piece.
OR student plays a written version of pop, jazz, folk, or sacred music.
#2 SCALES: Use CSMTA student achievement plan guides.
#3 CHORDS: Use CSMTA student achievement plan guides.
#4 ARPEGGIOS: Use CSMTA student achievement plan guides.
#5 SIGHT READING: Student sight reads music two levels easier than performance level entered. Teachers are encourages to
review the file of sight reading materials to be used.
#6 IMPROVISATION: Student is to select a specific idiom/objective/design in advance. He/she may improvise by adding details
to written music (supplied by teacher) such as a harmonic improvisation or creating a spontaneous composition using such devices as
a selected chord progression or 12-bar blues progression. Some recognizable structure is important. Structure can be based on
classical, jazz, or pop forms. The best improvisations will have many characteristics of a good composition but will not be written
down. Teacher should note type of improvisation on student=s sheet for evaluator.
#7 LEAD SHEET REALIZATIONS: Student plays from a lead line using the given melody and notated chord symbols and adding
an accompaniment. The student can create an arrangement by adding chords in blocked form to very complicated accompaniment
styles or creating a bass line and supplying appropriate chord tones under the melody line depending on the level of difficulty chosen.
Lead line pieces can be found in Fake books. Teacher is to supply several lead lines for their student at the appropriate level of
difficulty. (Not to vary more than 2 levels from performance level).
#8 COLLABORATIVE PERFORMANCE: