Levels AND tICS
The unique pedagogy that has been developed by Maestro Lieflander includes a system of levels, practice cards, and ‘tics'. Practice cards are kept in the music binder/folder of each student. When a student performs well, either in a particular aspect of how they sing (pitch, breathing, enunciation, volume, range) or in their overall approach (posture, attention), they are awarded a tic or half-tic, which is a shaped hole punched into the practice card. A student must have at least 100 tics to advance to the next level.
The beginner levels are:
For each level after Senior, a student who has the 100 tics required to move to the next level must first complete a Limbo stage. On a Limbo practice card, they must receive a certain number of tics, as determined by the teacher, that will only be given for work on specific areas the teacher believes need special attention. Completing a Limbo stage may require a solo performance.
After Senior, there are also Apprentice and Master designations. Once a student turns 13 years old, they will complete the level that they are currently working toward at the Apprentice level, but their next level will be the Master level of what they just completed. For example, if a student is working toward Apprentice Silver Cantor when they turn 13, they will complete that level and their next level will be Master Silver Cantor.
The advanced levels are:
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