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MTNA Competitions

Competition Overview

The MTNA Student Competitions consist of three levels: State Competition, Division Competition and National Finals.

Performance Competitions

The purposes of the Music Teachers National Association Performance competitions are to provide educational experiences for students and teachers and to recognize exceptionally talented young artists and their teachers in their pursuit of musical excellence. The state competitions are considered the primary educational level with the division and national levels showcasing outstanding performance and honoring significant pedagogical achievement.

Composition Competitions

The purpose of the Music Teachers National Association composition competition is to encourage creativity and self-expression in student musicians through the art of composing and to recognize their achievements, as well as the significant work of their teachers.

2014–2015 General Competitions Guidelines

 

Applications are no longer available.

***ATTENTION***

  • Application deadline is 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on September 10, 2014.
  • To enter students at the member teacher rate, teachers must renew their membership before a student begins the competition application. A $150 nonmember teacher fee will be assessed if the membership is not paid for the 2014–2015 membership year.
  • NEW THIS YEAR: Computer-generated scores and MIDI files will be required for the Composition Competitions.

Competitions

Elementary (Composition Only)

  • Age: 5–10 as of January 1, 2015

Junior

  • Age: 11–14 as of January 1, 2015
  • Competitions: Composition,  Piano, String and Woodwind
  • Performance Entry Fee: $80
  • Composition Entry Fee: $70

Senior

  • Age: 15–18 as of January 1, 2015
  • Competitions: Composition, Brass, Piano, String, Voice and Woodwind
  • Piano Duet (one piano/four hands) Age: 11–18 as of January 1, 2015, with at least one student age 15–18.
  • Performance Entry Fee: $110
  • Composition Entry Fee: $100

Young Artist

  • Age: 19–26 as of January 1, 2015
  • Competitions: Composition, Brass, Piano, String, Voice and Woodwind
  • Performance Entry Fee: $120
  • Composition Entry Fee: $100

Chamber Music (3–6 performers)

  • Age: average age of ensemble members must be 18–26 as of January 1, 2015
  • Competitions: String and Wind
  • Entry Fee: $120 for each ensemble
  • The National Finals of the competitions are scheduled for March 21–25, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada. For state and Division Competition dates and locations, consult the links at the left. Dates and locations will be added/updated as details are finalized.

Student Requirements

The following requirements must be met by the application deadline, otherwise the student is not eligible to enter the competitions.

All entrants must:

  • Study with a teacher who is (1) a member of MTNA or (2) has paid the Nonmember Teacher Fee of $150.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or must hold a U.S. visa or permanent residence (green card), which is valid throughout the competition year.
  • Meet age requirements as specified for each competition.
  • Enter either (1) in the state where the student has permanent residence or (2) in the state where the instruction takes place. The state where the instruction takes place is defined as where the student is located during Skype, FaceTime lessons, or distance learning by similar means. A student may enter the competitions in only one state.

Teacher Requirements

MTNA Member Teachers

  • Teachers must be aware of the student requirements.
  • Current active membership dues for MTNA must be paid prior to accessing the student competition application. MTNA members are not required to be members of the state in which the student enters.
  • An MTNA collegiate member must pay active membership dues for students to be eligible.
  • The teacher listed on the application is the teacher of record and shall remain so during the competition year. In the event the student changes teachers during the competition year, both teachers, past and present, will be listed as the teachers of record. Any exception is at the sole discretion of the MTNA Director of Competitions in consultation with the Competitions Committee, but in no event will the student be disqualified as a result of a teacher change.
  • The teacher and the student may not be the same individual.

Nonmember Teachers

  • Nonmembers have the option of becoming a member of MTNA or paying a Teacher Fee of $150. This fee will allow students into the various MTNA competitions, provided all other eligibility requirements are met. Nonmember fee or new member dues must be paid prior to accessing the student competition application.
  • The teacher listed on the application is the teacher of record and shall remain so during the competition year. In the event the student changes teachers during the competition year, both teachers, past and present, will be listed as the teachers of record. Any exception is at the sole discretion of the MTNA Director of Competitions in consultation with the Competitions Committee, but in no event will the student be disqualified as a result of a teacher change.
  • The teacher and the student may not be the same individual.
  • Teachers must reside in the U.S. during the competition year.

State Teacher Fees

  • Some states may charge teacher fees for entrants in the MTNA competitions. It is the responsibility of the state to contact the teacher regarding any state-assessed teacher fees.

Competition Agreement

  • It is the responsibility of the teacher, coach, entrant and parent or guardian to abide by all rules and regulations for the MTNA Student Competitions. Failure to meet this responsibility will make the student ineligible to receive any recognition or awards.
  • All entry fees are nonrefundable.

Go To Performance Competitions Guidelines
Go To Composition Competitions Guidelines

2015 National Rehearsals and Competitions: Las Vegas, Nevada

Competitions Rehearse Compete Concert
Junior March 20 March 21 March 22
Senior March 21 March 22 March 23
Young Artist March 22 March 23 March 24
Chamber Music March 20 March 21 March 22
Composition N/A N/A March 22–24





MTNA Student Competitions 
Application Instructions

Entry fees are nonrefundable.



Information needed for application:

  • Complete repertoire information (movement numbers, tempo markings, timings)
  • Student and teacher names, address, telephone number(s), e-mail address of student, parent, teacher
  • Valid credit card number and security code (American Express, Master Card, Visa)

Applications are no longer available.

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