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Piano Performance Certification Examination (PPCE) © is a test of piano mastery from basic to advanced level that gives other professionals an idea of where you are at in your craft. PPCE© was designed by a team of professional piano educators who recognized a need among piano students studying outside a college system to feel motivated to excel and have their performance measured by a universally accepted standard. Piano teachers supported the idea and confirmed that preparation for PPCE© increased students’ motivation and made their piano study more structured and fulfilling.
PPCE© is a 14-level examination program from level 1-A being the lowest and 7-B – the highest. Tests are administered on a semi-annual basis to trace the progress of a student within reasonable time intervals.
To qualify to be admitted to PPCE©, all examinees must be student members of ACPP. If you are not a member yet, please, click the link below to apply for STUDENT MEMBERSHIP.
Each student must submit an application accompanied by his/her piano instructor’s letter confirming his/her level of piano skill. The piano instructor must be a verified member of ACPP in good standing or provide a copy of his/her piano teaching credentials.
BELOW IS A PPCE © SCHEDULE FOR 2015-2016 CALENDAR YEAR
|Examination Date||Regular Registration Deadline||Late Registration*|
|December 20th, 2015||November 1st, 2015||November 25th, 2015
|February 16th, 2016||December 23rd, 2015||January 20th, 2016|
|May 5th, 2016||March 20th, 2016||April 20th, 2016|
|June 27th, 2016||April 27th, 2016||June 1st, 2016|
Regular Registration = $75.00
Late Registration = $95.00
Rescheduling Fee = $45.00
If a student has registered for the December 20th examination date and passed the corresponding sub-level (e.g., Level 1-A), he/she is eligible to register for the May 5th examination date for the subsequent sub-level (Level 1-B).
If a student has registered for the February 16th examination date and passed the corresponding sub-level (e.g. Level 1-A), he/she is eligible to register for the July 27th examination date for the subsequent sub-level (Level 1-B).
RESCHEDULING FEE RULES:
Should a student need to change the examination date, he/she must submit a written PPCE© extension request with a reasonable explanation to the Certification Director. If the reason is accepted by the Certification Director, the student will be allowed to reschedule the date of the exam for a fee (see Reschedule Fee Schedule).* If the reason is not accepted by the Certification Director, a student will have to register anew and pay an additional registration fee. Extension due to physical condition can be obtained free of charge and require a doctor’s note. Time frame for the extension will depend based on the doctor’s recommendation and will be decided on the case by case basis.
*A student can receive a maximum of a three-week extension.
REGISTRATION CANCELLATION RULES:
Should the student decide to change his/her mind in taking a certification exam, a refund will be available within 24 hours. After 24 hours, registration should be non-refundable. A student must send a written request for refund.
Please, allow up to 6 weeks for our Certification Commission to determine the outcome of the test. PPCE© results will be sent directly to piano instructors with two or more students registered for the exam. The instructors with one student registered will be offered an option to have the results sent to them or directly to their student.
If you have questions regarding any issue related to the PPCE©, please, email Lori Adelstein at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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