Competition Music Requirements – 2020

The following tune requirements are for the 2020 VPA competition season.

Please note:
If you’re entering Novice or D Grade competitions, tunes much be chosen tunes from the Novice and D Grade Set List (Light music and Piobaireachd). The tunes have been compiled by the VPA and piping tutors, and provide greater transparency of assesment for competitors, tutors and adjudicators.

Tunes must be submitted from the VPA Prescribed Tune List without alteration. Adjudicators will be assessing from manuscript.  Download the complete VPA Prescribed Tune List for Novice and D Grade – here

Tuning time
A, B & C Grade, 3-5 minutes of tuning is permitted on arrival to Element 1. Thereafter, up to 1 minute tuning is permitted between elements.


Competition 1 – Haileybury

Light Music Requirements
A Grade

Element 1 – 1 x 2/4 March of 4 or more parts (own choice)
Element 2 – 1 x Strathspey of 4 or more parts into 1 x Reel of 4 or more parts (own choice)
Element 3 – 1 x Hornpipe of 4 parts into 1 x jig of 4 or more parts (own choice)

B Grade
Element 1 – 1 x 2/4 March of 4 or more parts (own choice)
Element 2 – 1 x Strathspey of 4 or more parts into 1 x Reel of 4 or more parts (own choice)
Element 3 – 1 x Hornpipe of 4 parts into 1 x jig of 4 or more parts (own choice)

C Grade
Element 1 – 1 x 2/4 March of 4 parts (own choice)
Element 2 – 1 x Strathspey of 4 parts into 1 x Reel of 4 parts (own choice)
Element 3 – 1 x Hornpipe of 4 parts into 1 x jig of 4 parts (own choice)

D Grade
Element 1 – 1 x 2/4 March of 4 parts (VPA subscribed tunes list)
Element 2 – 1 x Strathspey of 2 parts into 1 x Reel of 2 parts (VPA subscribed tunes list)

Novice Grade
Element 1 – 2 parts of 2/4 March (VPA subscribed tunes list)
Element 2 – 2 parts of Strathspey into 2 parts of Reel (VPA subscribed tunes list)

Piobaireachd Requirements

A Grade
Submit 1 full tune of own choice

B Grade
Submit 1 full tunes from VPA B grade set list

C Grade
Submit 1 full tune from VPA C grade set list

D Grade
Ground and next variation only.
Note: If the tune has a ground followed by thumb variation or ground doubling then this is all that needs to be played. If the tune has ground then Variation 1, then this is all that needs to be played.

Novice
Ground only


Competition 2 – Scotch College

Light Music Requirements
A Grade
Element 1 – 1 x 2/4 March of 4 or more parts (own choice)
Element 2 – 1 x Strathspey of 4 or more parts into 1 x Reel of 4 or more parts (own choice)
Element 3 – 1 x 6/8 march of 4 parts (own choice)

B Grade
Element 1 – 1 x 2/4 March of 4 or more parts (own choice)
Element 2 – 1 x Strathspey of 4 or more parts into 1 x Reel of 4 or more parts (own choice)
Element 3 – 1 x 6/8 march of 4 parts (own choice)

C Grade
Element 1 – 1 x 2/4 March of 4 parts (own choice)
Element 2 – 1 x Strathspey of 4 parts into 1 x Reel of 4 parts (own choice)
Element 3 – 1 x 6/8 March of 4 parts (own choice)

D Grade
Element 1 – 1 x 2/4 March of 4 parts (VPA subscribed tunes list)
Element 2 – 4 parts of 6/8 March (VPA subscribed tunes list)

Novice
Element 1 – 2 parts of 2/4 March (VPA subscribed tunes list)
Element 2 – 2 parts of 6/8 March (VPA subscribed tunes list)

Piobaireachd Requirements
A grade
Submit 2 full tunes of own choice

B grade
Submit 1 full tunes from VPA B grade set list

C grade
Submit 1 full tune from VPA C grade set list

D grade
Ground and next variation only.
Note: If the tune has a ground followed by thumb variation or ground doubling then this is all that needs to be played. If the tune has ground then Variation 1, then this is all that needs to be played.

Novice
Ground only


Competition 3 – Ballarat Grammar 

Light Music Requirements
A Grade
Element 1 – 1 x 2/4 March of 4 or more parts (submit 2 tunes)
Element 2 – 1 x Strathspey of 4 or more parts into 1 x Reel of 4 or more parts (submit 2 strathspey and 2 reels)
Element 3 – 1 x Hornpipe of 4 parts into 1 x jig of 4 or more parts (submit 2 hornpipes and 2 jigs)

B Grade
Element 1 – 1 x 2/4 March of 4 or more parts (own choice)
Element 2 – 1 x Strathspey of 4 or more parts into 1 x Reel of 4 or more parts (own choice)
Element 3 – 1 x Hornpipe of 4 parts into 1 x jig of 4 or more parts (own choice)

C Grade
Element 1 – 1 x 2/4 March of 4 parts (own choice)
Element 2 – 1 x Strathspey of 4 parts into 1 x Reel of 4 parts (own choice)
Element 3 – 1 x Hornpipe of 4 parts into 1 x jig of 4 parts (own choice)

D Grade
Element 1 – 1 x 2/4 March of 4 parts (VPA subscribed tunes list)
Element 2 – 1 x Strathspey of 2 parts into 1 x Reel of 2 parts (VPA subscribed tunes list)

Novice
Element 1 – 2 parts of 2/4 March (VPA subscribed tunes list)
Element 2 – 2 parts of Strathspey into 2 parts of Reel (VPA subscribed tunes list)

Piobaireachd Requirements
A Grade
Submit 3 full tunes of own choice

B Grade
Submit 2 full tunes from VPA B grade set list

C Grade
Submit 1 full tune from VPA C grade set list

D Grade
Ground and next variation only.
Note: If the tune has a ground followed by thumb variation or ground doubling then this is all that needs to be played. If the tune has ground then Variation 1, then this is all that needs to be played.

Novice
Ground only


Competition 4 – Camperdown

Light Music Requirements
A Grade
Element 1 – 1 x 2/4 March of 4 or more parts (submit 2 tunes)
Element 2 – 1 x Strathspey of 4 or more parts into 1 x Reel of 4 or more parts (submit 2 strathspey and 2 reels)
Element 3 – 1 x 6/8 march of 4 parts (submit 2 tunes)

B Grade
Element 1 – 1 x 2/4 March of 4 or more parts (submit 2 tunes)
Element 2 – 1 x Strathspey of 4 or more parts into 1 x Reel of 4 or more parts (submit 2 strathspey and 2 reels)
Element 3 – 1 x Hornpipe of 4 parts into 1 x jig of 4 or more parts (own choice)

C Grade
Element 1 – 1 x 2/4 March of 4 parts (own choice)
Element 2 – 1 x Strathspey of 4 parts into 1 x Reel of 4 parts (own choice)
Element 3 – 1 x 6/8 March of 4 parts (own choice)

D Grade
Element 1 – 1 x 2/4 March of 4 parts (VPA subscribed tunes list)
Element 2 – 4 parts of 6/8 March (VPA subscribed tunes list)

Novice
Element 1 – 2 parts of 2/4 March (VPA subscribed tunes list)
Element 2 – 2 parts of 6/8 March (VPA subscribed tunes list)

Piobaireachd Requirements
A Grade
Submit 3 full tunes of own choice

B Grade
Submit 2 full tunes from VPA B grade set list

C Grade
Submit 1 full tune from VPA C grade set list

D Grade
Ground and next variation only.
Note: If the tune has a ground followed by thumb variation or ground doubling then this is all that needs to be played. If the tune has ground then Variation 1, then this is all that needs to be played.

Novice
Ground only


Competition 5 – 2020 Victorian Championships – PLC

Light Music Requirements
A Grade
Element 1 – 1 x 2/4 March of 4 or more parts (submit 3 tunes)
Element 2 –1 x Strathspey of 4 or more parts into 1 x Reel of 4 or more parts (submit 3 strathspey and 3 reels)
Element 3 – 1 x Hornpipe of 4 parts into 1 x jig of 4 or more parts (submit 3 hornpipes and 3 jigs) 

B Grade
Element 1 – 1 x 2/4 March of 4 or more parts (submit 2 tunes)
Element 2 – 1 x Strathspey of 4 or more parts into 1 x Reel of 4 or more parts (submit 2 strathspey and 2 reels)
Element 3 –  1 x Hornpipe of 4 parts into 1 x jig of 4 or more parts (own choice)

C Grade
Element 1 – 1 x 2/4 March of 4 parts (own choice)
Element 2 – 1 x Strathspey of 4 parts into 1 x Reel of 4 parts (own choice)
Element 3 – 1 x Hornpipe of 4 parts into 1 x jig of 4 parts (own choice)

D grade
Element 1 – 1 x 2/4 March of 4 parts (VPA subscribed tunes list)
Element 2 –1 x Strathspey of 2 parts into 1 x Reel of 2 parts (VPA subscribed tunes list)

Novice
Element 1 – 2 parts of 2/4 March (VPA subscribed tunes list)
Element 2 –2 parts of Strathspey into 2 parts of Reel (VPA subscribed tunes list)


Piobaireachd Requirements

A grade
Submit 3 full tunes of own choice

B grade
Submit 2 full tunes from set B grade list

C grade
Submit 1 full tune from set list

D grade
Ground and next variation only.
Note: If the tune has a ground followed by thumb variation or ground doubling then this is all that needs to be played. If the tune has ground then Variation 1, then this is all that needs to be played.

Novice
Ground only