The Collective uses a six-point system to rate students’ proficiency for entrance and advancement in each program of study. The following scale is used:
Level 1 to 1.5: Beginner: Little or no music theory and reading skills, and little or no ensemble performance experience.
Level 2 to 2.5: Advanced Beginner: Understanding of basic music theory with rudimentary reading skills, and minimal ensemble performance skills.
Level 3 to 3.5: Intermediate: Understanding of common music theory concepts with basic reading skills, and proficiency in performance tasks of medium levels of difficulty.
Level 4 to 4.5: Advanced: Understanding of advanced theoretical concepts with a high level of reading skills, and proficiency in a range of complex ensemble performance situations.
Level 5 to 5.5: Pre-Professional: Ability to apply advanced music theoretical concepts with a mastery of complex professional level reading skills, and ability to perform on a professional level in any professional situation.
Level 6: Professional: Used as a point of reference for defining a well-trained professional musician.
The following represents the minimum standard for each instrument: