- RATING I—Superior—A first-rate performance for the event and the class of participants being judged. To receive a superior rating a performance must meet the highest expectations in every category of adjudication. Memorization of instrumental solos is optional. Piano soloists and vocal soloists must perform from memory.
- RATING II—Excellent—a commendable performance showing a high standard of musical accomplishment but lacking in one or more of the characteristics of a superior rating. Music may be used.
- RATING III—Good—an average performance lacking in several characteristics of a superior rating. Music may be used.
- RATING IV—Fair—a below average performance requiring many specific improvements.
- RATING V—Poor—a performance lacking sufficient preparation and exhibiting major deficiencies.