About the Texas UIL PML Project

This project began with the Texas University Interscholastic League Prescribed Music List.  Our original system of categorization is based on the TX UIL PML, and consists of four pedagogical categories each for class 3 and class 2 solos, and five pedagogical categories for class 1 solos.  

 

Since expanding our research to include every state's list, we decided to revamp our pedagogical categories to become more generic (our new categories can be found here).  

HOWEVER, we still find a great value in the classification system we developed especially for the Texas list.  For our fellow Texans, we have included our Texas UIL PML categories with the pedagogical analyses.  

Texas UIL PML Guidelines

 
Categories
Range
Cross Over Break?
Key
Meter
Rhythm
Ornamentation
Special Considerations
3D
G3-Bflat4
No or simple
0-1 sharps, 0-1 flats
simple meter
simple rhythms
None
None
3C
E3-Bflat4 OR B4-C6
No or simple
0-2 sharps, 0-2 flats
simple meter
simple rhtyhms
None
None
3B
E3-C6
Yes
0-3 sharps, 0-3 flats
simple & compound
simple rhythms
Single grace notes, 1-2 trills
None
3A
E3-E6
Yes
0-4 sharps, 0-4 flats
simple & compound
intermediate rhythms
multiple grace notes, few trills
Leap distance, articulations
2D
up to D6 or Eb6
Yes
0-4 sharps, 0-4 flats
simple & compound
simple rhythms
trills and grace notes
None
2C
up to E6
Yes
0-4 sharps, 0-4 flats
simple & compound
intermediate rhythms
trills, grace notes, simple turns and mordents
None
2B
up to F6
Yes
All
simple & compound
intermediate rhythms
ornamentation may cross break
None
2A
up to Ab6 or A6
Yes
All
simple & compound
advanced rhythms
All ornaments with advanced skills, i.e. quick tempos, crossing from clarion to altissimo, etc.
Difficulty fitting the accompaniment part with the solo part.
1E
up to F6
Yes
All
simple & compound
simple rhythms
Simple ornamentation (trills and grace notes)
None
1D
up to G6
Yes
All
simple & compound
intermediate rhythms
Mostly simple ornamentation with addition of turns and mordents
None
1C
up to G6
Yes
All
simple & compound
intermediate rhythms
All ornamentation
Length
1B
extended range (above G6)
Yes
All
simple, compound & asymmetric
advanced rhythms
All ornamentation
Technical difficulty and length
1A
extended range (above G6)
Yes
All
simple, compound & asymmetric
advanced rhythms
All ornamentation including extended techniques
Extended techniques, technical difficulty, and length