Auditions

Local Student Auditions
: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Second Baptist Church, 4680 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis, TN
Application Deadline: January 21, 2017
Musician Test Completion Deadline: March 1 2017

Important: Only ONE Application needs to be made for the 2017 Auditions!
  • The application will serve for BOTH the Musicianship Test and the live Audition
  • One Fee will cover both costs.
  • The Deadline for this application is January 21, 2017
Questions regarding the Auditions should be directed as follows:
Performance Audition: auditionsgmmta@gmail.com
Musicianship Testing: gmmtatesting@gmail.com

What Teachers Need to Know about the Auditions


Local Auditions have been scheduled for April 22. Students who have a conflict but wish to participate may apply to other local MTA's.

GMMTA cannot facilitate this process.  Teachers and Students must make their own arrangements. Please contact the representative of the chosen affiliate listed on the TMTA website.

***IMPORTANT DEADLINES***
January 21: 
Auditions/Musicianship Tests Application Deadline
February 18, 2:00 PM: Technique Test Date
March 1: 
Musicianship Test Completion

**Please note: Only ONE application for Auditions and Musicianship Tests!

Requirements:  Teachers should consult the TMTA Auditions Syllabus for ALL information regarding applications, repertoire requirements, and Musicianship tests. 

Repertoire: Consult the Syllabus.  You may download it through the above link. 

Please make sure the student is not playing music from composers listed in the same musical period. A list of all composers according to musical period is included. 
 

The Musical periods are:
  • Baroque
  • Classical
  • Romantic
  • Impressionistic
  • Modern
  • Contemporary
Photocopies: Any student using a photocopied score will be disqualified. Students may use legitimate copies of music provided by local music stores or downloaded from such websites as musicnotes.com or sheetmusicplus.com.

**Teachers should be aware of time limits listed in the syllabus. Students may be asked to stop if their program exceeds the allowed time.**

Students will be entered in the following divisions.
  • Elementary: grades K-5
  • Middle School is now grades 6-8
  • High School is now grades 9-12

Application Deadline: January 21, 2017
**All students must use the Online Application Form. Paper applications will not be accepted.

FEES:
  • K - 2 Solo: $35.00
  • Ensemble:  $35.00/ensemble. (students do not pay individually)
  • Overton HS: $35.00
  • Grades 3 - 12: $50.00
All fees will be collected through PayPal on the application form.  You may pay through your PayPal account or with a credit card.

* Non-member teachers should contact the auditionsgmmta@gmail.com for non-member teacher and student fees before submitting application.


Judges Rating Sheet: A Judges Rating sheet will be provided for each student the day of the auditions.  Teachers no longer need to send a completed sheet with each student.  

Teacher’s ONLINE Audition Work Request Form: All teachers who enter students in local auditions are required to give a specific amount of time to the audition process. The amount of time required will be proportional to the number of students entered.

Questions may be addressed to auditionsgmmta@gmail.com

        
Musicianship Tests:  Student Musicianship Tests will now be administered online. The tests will consist of the following portions:

Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory:  One complete unit required
     
Optional test:  Students will choose between Technique, Sight Reading, and History

Technique: Students will use the Technique Exam from the current Musicianship Manual.  The test will be administered during the "live" audition. Teachers who do not already have the Manual may download it here.
 
Sight Reading:  Students will use the iPad app
Piano Maestro by Joy Tunes.  This app may be used with Piano, Violin, and Flute.  Other instruments should contact the Auditions Chair for other options.

Music History:  Study Guides may be downloaded here.  The online version will be available from the Musicianship Test Page.



State Competitions

Students awarded a superior in local auditions are eligible to compete at state competitions held each year during the June Convention.

Information about participants and requirements can be found at http://www.tnmta.org

National Competitions

Nationally affiliated competitions begin at the state level and are held each year in the fall.  Students may then proceed to the divisional and national levels.  Competitions for performance are for junior high, senior high and college levels.  Competitions for composition are for elementary, junior high, senior high and college.

Please consult American Music Teacher  or http://www.mtna.org for more information