Assessment Criteria

The following information lists what adjudicators will be listening for when a solo piper competes in VPA competitions.

Novice:

  • Show ability to play grace notes and movements clearly
  • Play with a steady tempo, show a basic understanding of musical expression
  • Blow bagpipes steady
  • Smartly dressed and presented

D Grade

  • Show ability to play notes, grace notes and movements on the beat
  • Play with a steady, consistent tempo
  • Show a basic understanding of musical expression
  • Blow bagpipes steady on a well tuned bagpipe
  • Smartly dressed and presented

C Grade

  • Show ability to play notes, grace notes and movements on the beat with clarity
  • Play with a steady, consistent tempo. (Marching up and down for marches and beating of foot for other tunes)
  • Present a steadily blown, well balanced and in tune bagpipe
  • Show ability to tune drones between elements (if required)
  • Show an understanding of musical phrasing and expression
  • Show an understanding of stage-craft
  • Smartly dressed and presented

B Grade

  • Show ability to play accurate execution of all notes and beats with good clarity and precise consistency
  • Play with a steady, consistent tempo. Marching up and down for marches and beating of foot for other tunes
  • Present a well balanced and accurately tuned chanter
  • Show ability to tune drones accurately before commencing performances
  • Show a high level of understanding of musical phrasing and expression
  • Demonstrate a high level of stage-craft
  • Smartly dressed and presented

A Grade

  • High standard of all disciplines required