Students of NAMTA members can participate in the following opportunities:
This event is held every November. All students of member teachers are eligible to participate. Students prepare any sonata or sonatina to play before a judge and a group of other students in their grade at school. The judge assesses their performance, rates them, and writes comments. Points, ribbons and medals are awarded. There are no winners. Points are cumulative from year to year and students who do well can earn a trophy within three years.
At some future date to be determined, this fun event will be held in three separate sessions, according to students’ ages. There will be music games, opportunities to play the piano for peers, party favors and refreshments. Registration is required. All students of NAMTA teachers are invited.
Our local chapter of Arkansas State Music Teachers Association hold it’s Region One Festival in April. Students and their teachers will select two pieces from ASMTA’s extensive Curriculum Guide to perform before a judge. Students also take a Musicianship Test (scales, ear training, sight reading etc.) and a Written Theory exam for their level. Every student receives a rating sheet, judge’s comments, certificates and a ribbon. Judges select winners from each level. The levels are determined by the difficulty of the repertoire, not the student’s age or grade level in school. Winners are invited to compete at the State Auditions, which are held each year in various places in Arkansas on the first Saturday in June. The winners from each level at the state event play in an Honors Recital or Master Class.