MTNA eFestival Application Guidelines

Applicants must create an account with Acceptd in order to enter the MTNA eFestival. If a teacher has more than one student entering the eFestival, each individual student will create a separate account.

There is no application deadline. Videos may be uploaded year-round. Videos are reviewed on a monthly basis. For submissions received by the last day of each month, you will receive, via e-mail, your comments before the end of the following month (for example, submit anytime in June and your comments will be sent by July 31).

What You Need to Know

  • The MTNA eFestival is open to everybody regardless of age, performance level or country of residence.
  • Entrants do not need to be studying with a teacher to participate.
  • MTNA membership for teacher (if applicable) or performer is not required.
  • Memorization is not required.
  • Each entrant may upload a maximum of 15 minutes of music (up to 8 videos, as needed)
    • Any style, any piece, including arrangements and transcriptions.
    • In the event your submission exceeds this limit, the evaluators will only provide feedback on the repertoire performed during the first 15 minutes.
  • MTNA eFestival evaluations are currently for solo piano repertoire only.
  • Performances will be evaluated solely on musicality.
  • Entrants will receive comments on their performances by the end of the following month after submission. There are no ratings or scores associated with the eFestival.
  • Name and age of entrant will be anonymous to the evaluator.
  • Name of instructor, if applicable, will be anonymous to the evaluator.
  • Digital certificates of participation are available for an additional charge.
  • MTNA reserves the right to limit the number of entrants.
  • Entry fee: $60. Fees are non-refundable.

What You Need to Do

  1. Create an account with Acceptd.
    • Applicants must create an account with Acceptd to submit for the eFestival. If a teacher has more than one student submitting for the eFestival, each individual student will create a separate account.
  2. Complete the online application and upload video(s).
    • You will receive an automatic e-mail confirming successful submission of your videos and application.

Video Tips

  • Videos may be recorded on any device.
  • Accepted formats: MP4, M4V, AVI, FLV, MOV, WMV, MPG, MPEG, M2V, WEBM.
  • To ensure quality and consistency of the videos among applicants, set up the camera so the following are in view: performer, hands on keyboard and feet (if pedal is being used). Limit background noise and make sure the performance space is well lit. Test recordings are advisable before recording the final videos.
  • Up to eight videos may be submitted. Combined time of all videos must not exceed 15 minutes. (Several shorter videos are encouraged to decrease the time it takes to upload media files).
  • Prior to each performance, the name of the composition and composer/arranger must be communicated. This may be done by adding a title to the video, by being announced by the applicant or with the applicant holding up a sign with this information.
  • Entrant's and teacher's name (if applicable) may not be used to name the video(s) to ensure that the performer's information remains anonymous to the evaluator.
  • Videos will be uploaded through the application on Acceptd.

eFestival Agreement

  • It is the responsibility of the teacher, coach, entrant and parent or guardian to abide by all rules and regulations for the MTNA eFestival, including federal copyright laws.
  • All fees are nonrefundable.
  • MTNA will not use performance videos for any purpose other than MTNA eFestival Evaluation without written permission from the entrant.

Confirmation Message

  • You will receive a confirmation message when your application and video have been successfully submitted. You will receive comments by the end of the following month after the video(s) are submitted. If you have any questions, contact

For any technical difficulties with the application or video uploads, please contact