A student can complete any badge at any lesson. They can ask their teacher to evaluate them, or the teacher may suggest it. Each badge and level has a badge exam that teachers will use to test students' knowledge, and each exam begins with a set of instructions that the teacher and student can review together before they start.
For Rhythm, Note Reading, Vocabulary, and Scale Badges, students’ answers must be 100% accurate, quick, and confident, without help from the teacher. Students must play the examples their teacher chooses without any errors. If students aren’t successful the first time, they can try again at another lesson.
Example: Kaycee tells Sr. Terry that she is ready to earn her Level 1A Rhythm Badge. Sr. Terry tests her using the Level 1A Rhythm Badge Exam. If Kaycee gets everything correct, she gets her 1a Rhythm Badge. If she does not, she tries again another week. When Kaycee has completed all of the badges of the 1A Certificate, she will be recognized with a certificate at the next recital.
For the Performance Badge, students and teachers look at the instructions in the flashcard deck or level overview sheets - which tell them how many pieces to prepare, as well as required keys and/or memorization - and choose appropriate pieces.
When the student has prepared one of those pieces to a “performance ready” level, the teacher and student will take a few minutes at the end of the lesson for the student to “perform” the piece in the Peaslee lobby for anyone who happens to be there. The performance doesn’t need to be perfect, but it should be excellent. If the performance falls short, the teacher will talk to the student about how to do better, and they can try again next week.
Students complete the Book Badge when they finish their current Piano Adventures Lesson Book, but teachers may suggest review or supplementary materials before moving on to the next book level.
Students shouldn’t be surprised or discouraged if they fail a few times in this process! The goal of the certificate program is to set a high standard and offer students unlimited opportunities to meet it, and we hope this encourages students to have a growth mindset.