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STUDENT AFFILIATE EVENTS
Ensembles: Provides beginner, intermediate, and advanced piano students the unique opportunity to play with other pianists in a piano ensemble.Each year at the TMTA State Convention, over 6,000 students perform in one of nine concerts on a stage with 15 grand pianos.
June Leondar Chamber Music Contest: Open to students in grades 7-12 in ensembles of two to fifteen performers. Ensembles may be piano duo/duet, mixed instrumental or vocal groups, or pop or jazz ensembles. Students who have performed in the local adjudicated contest and FWMTA Honors Recital are eligible to perform at the TMTA State convention, where winners will be awarded cash prizes.
Original Composition Contest: With their private teacher’s guidance, students compose solo or ensemble compositions. After a student’s composition is judged through their local association, it may be submitted to the state contest for adjudication by highly qualified judges.
Performance Contest: Competitors must prepare a program of varied pieces to be performed from memory in front of multiple judges. Consists of local, regional, and state-level rounds, with top prizes obtaining monetary awards. Categories include Piano Solo, Piano Concerto, Vocal Solo, and Orchestral Instruments Solo.
Publication Contest: Open to grades 1 through college. Students choose one of two topics assigned for their grade level and write an essay designed to explore and analyze the topic in an original, engaging way. Each essay is judged at the local level, and selected essays are then judged at the state level. Winners receive certificates, cash awards, and publication of their essays in the TMTA SA Publication Contest Book.
Student Recognition: The Memorial Scholarship Award recognizes a talented high school senior who plans to major in music. The Senior Scholarship Award is available to students who have participated in various musical activities throughout grades 9-12, and need not plan to major in music. Students must include with their application a short essay explaining their interest in music, any musical achievements, and goals for music study in college (if applicable)
Theory Tests: Offered twice every academic year to students in grades 1-12, in affiliation with Texas Music Teachers Association. Students may take these tests on either the Fall or Spring test day, and are required to pass the appropriate grade level in order to participate in specified Student Affiliate events..
Video Essay Contest: Students in grades 4-12 are eligible to enter their original work. Videos will address the assigned topic, must be 1-2 minutes in length, and may utilize any form of creative expression, including animation, artwork, live action, and photography. Winning entries will be presented at the TMTA Convention and posted to TMTA.org.
World of Music: The purpose of the World of Music is to introduce students to music history through the study of composer’s music, their life, and composition styles. To participate in this activity, World of Music books are available to purchase for grades 1-12. The books and testing information have been created so that students may enter at any time in the current grade level. Registered students are tested in the spring semester over the information in their World of Music and those who receive a 90% or higher will receive a gold medal.
NON-STUDENT AFFILIATE EVENTS
Fall Festival: An adjudicated event in which students play one or two solo piano repertoire selections for a judge, and receive a critique with a corresponding ribbon. (There are no Honors Recitals.) Click here to register online.
FWMTA Solo Competition: Includes divisions for Piano, Strings, and Voice. Students perform repertoire of their choosing, according to the requirements for each division and age category. Competitors selected as Recitalists will perform one of their competition pieces, as selected by the judges, in an Honors Recital, where trophies and medals will be presented.
Open Recitals: Open to piano students of FWMTA members performing solo or in an ensemble. Recitals are held periodically throughout the year, with registration deadlines approximately one week before each recital. All recitals begin at 4:30PM on Saturdays, and are held at Texas Wesleyan University.
Texas Wesleyan University Youth Duo-Piano Competition: Co-sponsored by Fort Worth Piano Teachers FORUM. Competitors choose from a list of repertoire selections for two pianos and compete in front of an audience. Winners in grades K-6 receive trophies and medals; cash prizes are awarded to winners in grades 7-12. Post-12th grade non-professional contestants will receive a critique only (no prizes awarded).