Piper’s Assessment Criteria

Victoria Pipers Association Inc. Assessment criteria for competing pipers.
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