Awards to Earn!
These are photos of some of our first awards ceremonies in 2010. Since our founding, we have had hundreds of students participate in adjudications with our judges. Students have won hundreds of Certificates, Medals, and Plaques from our judges. We believe in giving every private teacher the resources and the ability to retain high quality programs, judges, and awards for thier students, without having to pay thousands of dollars to expensive organizations that don't give value in kind for the prices they charge. Many times, these organizations don't pay their judges enough money to cover their basic travel expenses, much less a competitive rate for their time. I.C.M.E. was created to allow teachers to give the money to the judges directly, instead of to support a huge management structure.
The first level of award is a Certificate. The basic I.C.M.E. Certificate requires playing 1 or 2 pieces (or singing 1 or 2 songs). The student may also play 1 or 2 duets, as the primary songs for the program, or in addition to the program. The duet, if added to the solo program, consist of a second certificate, and since it takes more judging time, the teacher may choose to charge an additional fee. Certificates may be earned in all levels of the instrument, and the level is determined by the level of the method book the student is currently studying in, and in which the pieces or songs are published.
Composition Certificate - Must compose and notate a song at the level of the certificate
Improvization Certificate - Must improvise and play at the level of the certificate, according to the guidelines of the program
Students are allowed to play a medal program when they have attained Level 3 in any method. To attain a medal, the student must play 4 songs, one from each time period, plus scales and cadences in the key of the songs. There are medals for the following levels: L3A, L3B, L4, & L5
Star-Wars Medal - Must play 4 star wars songs, at least level 3 or higher
Movie Music Medal - Must play 4 movie music scores, at least level 3 or higher
Composer Medals - Must play 4 pieces by a single composer, at least level 3 or higher
There are 4 medals specifically for scales:
The "Pentascale Medal". Students must play all 12 Major and Minor Pentascales for the Judge, and include a I, V7, I cadence with each one.
"Basic Scale Medal". Students must play all 12 Major and Minor One Octave Scales, with 2 hands, for the judge, and include a I, IV, I, V7, I cadence with each one.
"Intermediate Scale Medal". Students must play all 12 Major and Minor Two Octave Scales, with 2 hands, for the judge, and include I, IV, I, V, V7, I cadences in 3 positions with each one.
"Scale Master Medal". Students must play all 12 Major and Minor Four Octave Scales, 1/8 notes, M=60 bpm with 2 hands, for the judge, and include I, IV, I, V, V7, I cadences in 3 positions, and 2 handed arpeggios with each one.