Participation in judged events offers many benefits to students:
Performing for a judge encourages highest level of playing;
Gives students the opportunity to learn about managing long term goals;
Judges offer valuable feedback to both student and teacher;
Students are recognized for skills mastered and are offered suggestions for improvement.
Students must be at least 6 years old and in their second year of study to participate. They will perform two contrasting pieces from memory. They receive a comment sheet and a certificate of participation. Students in the preparatory program may perform lesson book pieces at least 12 measures in length. Festival awards are offered to encourage long term study. Students accumulate points each year based on their rating, Superior = 5 points, Excellent = 4 points, etc. Trophies are awarded at 15 points, 30 points, 45 points and 60 points.
The following events are open to students enrolled in 45 minute private lessons or the Prep Plus program:
Students perform one piece from either the Romantic or Contemporary period from memory. All participants receive a comment sheet and a rating. Approximately 25% of students will receive a rating of “Superior Recitalist”. These students will receive a trophy and will be invited to perform on a recital held the same day.
LMTA Rally is a standardized testing program which covers all aspects of piano study. Participation in rally requires preparation over the course of the entire academic year. Students prepare for the following events: Performance (three memorized pieces), Sight-reading, Keyboard Skills and a Written Theory Test).
Allen-Fleming Auditions are for outstanding students who enjoy competition. Similar to rally, but without the written test, top students compete for cash awards. The Ethel Tison medal is awarded to the student who gives the most musical performance of the day.
TS is a statewide competition in performance only. Students must qualify at the district rally to enter.