The Objective Grading of Original Unaccompanied Four-Mallet Solo Vibraphone Literature
The goal of this research is to present the first standardized and systematic approach to grading the difficulty levels of vibraphone literature. Over 170 works for this instrument have been analyzed and placed into a database categorized by grade levels from 1–10. Five pieces of varying difficulty will be performed on this lecture recital to present the proper progression in learning the techniques required to play the vibraphone. The technical difficulty of original unaccompanied four-mallet solo vibraphone literature can be assessed through the analysis of stroke speed, interval size, wrist turns, manual changes, independence, dampening, and pedaling. Each piece will be assessed with an analytical document used to classify its grade based on the highest level of technical difficulty found in the music.