The Participation Award will be presented to piano students who earn points by participating in numerous activities from June 1 through May 31. At the end of the school year in May all students will receive a certificate and students who have earned a minimum of 30 points will be recognized. The levels will be as follows:
The individual student who accumulates the highest number of points for the entire year will be the winner of our Royal Purple Award. Please see the following list for a description of events.
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Music Prep. Recitals: We recommend regular recital participation, with most students playing in at least two and no more than four recitals per semester. Students must stay until the end of the recital in order for it to count toward the award. points: 2 per recital, 8 points maximum per semester, 4 maximum in summer
Fall/Jazz Festival: This is recommended for many students; it's a non-competitive event. The two festivals are held in conjunction. points: 3 per festival plus 1 for each superior+
TCU Music Preparatory Honors Festival: This event is for any Music Prep. students nominated by their teachers. Students will play one prepared piece for a judge. The judge will select recitalists to perform on an honors recital. points: 4 for participants, plus 1 for honors recital
TMTA Composition contest: Students may enter and perform an original composition. points: 6 for local participants, plus 3 for state participants, plus 1 for state winners
Theory Test: The TMTA-SA state-graded theory test is highly recommended for many students. Given in both the fall and spring, it provides thorough grounding in theory. points: 6 for a passing score plus 3 for gold medal (score of 98-101), 2 for silver medal (94-97) or 1 for bronze medal (90-93), 4 points for local-graded
Junior Festival: This festival, sponsored by NFMC, is highly recommended for many students. Students play two pieces: one from Federation list, one choice piece. Students may acquire points toward a gold cup. Superior+ students perform in honors recital. points: 6 for participants , plus 1 for Superior+, plus 1 for honors recitalists, plus1 for gold cup recipients
3 points for state festival, plus 1 for superior+, plus 1 for winners
FWMTA Piano Solo Contest: Students perform two or three pieces, depending on grade level. Place winners are chosen for grades 5 and up. Superior+ students perform in honors recital. points: 9 points for three pieces or 6 points for two pieces, plus 1 for Superior+, plus1 for honors recitalists plus1 for place winners
Royal Conservatory Achievement Program: Students complete extensive assessments which may include performance of repertoire, technique, demonstration of aural and reading skills. points: up to 13 depending on level
FWMTA Ensemble: Students perform as part of a keyboard ensemble made up of students from various FWMTA studios. Numerous rehearsals required, students must also take and pass the TMTA-SA Theory Test. points: 4 for participation, 1 per performance
School/Church ensembles or accompanying: For students who provide piano/keyboard accompaniment for school ensembles or play piano/keyboard as part of an ensemble. Documentation required (see below). points: to be determined by instructor
Talent Show: For students performing on piano/keyboard in talent shows, at school or elsewhere. Music must be heard by teacher and approved at least three weeks before event. Documentation required (see below). points: 1 per performance, 3 maximum per school year
Community performances: Includes performances at senior citizen centers, nursing homes, hospitals, etc. Music does not have to be memorized but must be securely learned and approved by teacher. points: 2 per 10 minutes performance time, 6 maximum per semester
Music Prep. Computer Lab: Provides students with individual theory curriculum in a supervised lab setting. Excellent preparation for Theory Test. points: 6 per school semester, 3 per summer session
Misc: Students are welcome and encouraged to participate in activities other than those listed above, such as World of Music testing, Music Memory, UIL performance, Publication Contest, etc. Please discuss activities with your teacher and points may be awarded as are appropriate.
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Participation in all events, including any not listed above, is at the discretion of the teacher. Students may receive points for any FWMTA activities, NFMC activities, and no more than two events sponsored by other organizations. If teacher is unable to attend event, student must provide written documentation on letterhead from sponsoring organization.