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We of the American College of Musicians / National Guild of Piano Teachers are delighted to welcome you to our website. We are the largest nonprofit organization of piano teachers and students in the world!

The Piano Guild, as we are called (a division of the American College of Musicians), was founded in 1929 by Dr. Irl Allison. Forty-six entrants participated in the first audition (then called a "tournament") at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. Since that time, the Guild has grown to more than 850 audition centers where thousands of students enroll annually in our international auditions, which are held throughout the U.S. and abroad.

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Our primary function is to establish definite goals and awards--in noncompetitive auditions--for students of all levels, from the earliest beginner to the gifted prodigy. With the exception of our "special" programs, teachers have the flexibility to choose all repertoire for student auditions. Students are judged on individual merit, by a well-qualified music professional, in the areas of accuracy, continuity, phrasing, pedaling, dynamics, rhythm, tempo, tone, interpretation, style, and technique. Our purpose is to encourage growth and enjoyment through the study of piano.

We invite you to read through our materials on this website to find out more about our organization. You may also write to us for further information, including a sample of our Guild Syllabus, which more specifically outlines our programs and services for our members and their students.

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Auditions/ Programs

Yearly auditions are held in over 700 US cities and several foreign countries. Students are adjudicated by an international panel of judges and receive report cards, certificates, and fraternity pins. Programs are diversified to meet the needs of both students and teachers. Programs are flexible and include repertoire as well as technical goals (musicianship phases). A variety of programs are available in which students can enroll:

Memorized Programs
Students of all levels may perform anywhere from one to 20 pieces

Unmemorized programs--sudents of all levels may perform anywhere from one to eight pieces

Jazz Programs
Students of all levels may perform anywhere from one to 20 pieces memorized, or one to eight pieces unmemorized

Duet/Duo Programs
Students of all levels may perform anywhere from one to three pieces

Ensemble Programs
Students of all levels may perform one piece

Social Music

Special Medal Programs
Sonatina, Sonata, Early Bach, Advanced Bach

Diploma Programs
High School, Collegiate, and Young Artist

International Composition Contest
Beginning composers through advanced levels compete for cash awards

Awards & Benefits

Student Awards

• Scholarships (for high school seniors pursuing the study of music)
• Guild Founder's Plaque
• Irl Allison Gold Medal
• Early Bach, Advanced Bach, Sonatina, and Sonata Plaques
• 5 and 10 year National Roll
• Paderewski Gold Medal


Teacher Benefits

• Teacher Certification (the highest honor for teachers based on student achievement)
• Quarterly issues of the international magazine Piano Guild Notes
• Performance Diplomas for Teachers
• Teacher Membership (active, faculty, judging, and associate--for retired teachers)
• Sponsor pin and updated yearly copy of the Guild Syllabus
• Teacher Awards (teachers are given the opportunity to work toward the Guild Teacher National Honor
Roll and Hall of Fame
• The 50th Anniversary Club

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Thank you for your interest. For questions or comments, please use the information listed here. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

(512) 478-5775

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