Level 1 AVERAGE Description

1.  key signature - 0-2 sharps or flats

2.  time signature - simple duple or triple (2/4, 3/4, 4/4)

3.  rhythm - half, dotted half, quarter, dotted quarter, eighth, sixteenth notes

4.  form - repetitive in nature - ABA, AB

5.  basic dynamics, clear sticking indications, standard beat beaming

6.  strokes - double vertical and single independent

7.  intervals - 2nds-6ths (no octaves)

8.  stroke tempo - eighths at 120 maximum

9.  wingspan - 2.5 (farthest intervallic spread between hands in unison)

10.  few wrist turns or mixed manual motion in entire piece

11.  independence - alternating or unison strokes; overlapping/mixed strokes as melody/accompaniment scenario

12.  average duration - 1' 30"

Level 1 Repertoire

These solos are all listed in Appendix 2 of Sequential Studies for Four-Mallet Marimba, Level 1.  Solos analyzed for the Performance Level System (PLS) had to have a minimum duration of one minute.  If the solo was not at least one minute long, it was not considered for inclusion into the PLS.


From Books

Anthology of Lute and Guitar Music, edited by Rebecca Kite

Study in C

Minuet in C


Branle de Bougogne



Four-Mallet Method for Marimba by James Moyer


A Pleasant Morning


for Four by Josh Gottry

Double Dip


Seven Brazilian Children's Songs by Ney Rosauro

Terezinha de Jesus


Funny Mallets, Book 1 by Nebojsa Zivkovic

Mazurka (at the slowest marked tempo)

Bauern - Tanz


Original Solos

Five Pieces for Anais, No. 3 and 5 by Ruud Wiener


Marimba Joy by Eckhard Kopetzki