No arrangements. All music must be performed from memory.
Levels 1-4. Three pieces representing three of the following five periods: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, Contemporary.
Level 5. Four works: 1) a piece from the Baroque period*, 2) A sonata movement by Haydn, Clementi, Mozart, Beethoven or early Schubert; 3) a piece from the Romantic or the Impressionistic period, and 4) a contemporary piece.
- The style period for a given composer will be defined by the MTNA Composer Classifications.
- Any composer with two classifications should be classified according to the qualities of the particular work.
- Additional composers not included on the MTNA Composer Classification List will be classified as follows for NVMTA Achievement Awards from the following list: Composers PAA.
- Please email the chair with any questions regarding composer classifications. The diversity in style of repertoire is an important consideration and students must present a diverse program for this competition.
*If playing a work from the Well-Tempered Clavier, the Prelude and Fugue shall be considered one piece, and both must be performed.
Students should submit separate video files for each period/category work. All video recordings must be unedited. If a work has multiple movements, it should be recorded in one unedited stream. For example, Schumann “Papillons” (Romantic period/category) has multiple movements and should be recorded as one unedited stream.
Students in Level 1-4 should therefore submit 3 separate files, one for each category/period. Students in Level 5 should submit 4 separate files. Please label the files with the composer’s name. Do not include any student, teacher, or family names in the video recording or labeling.
While it is not required, we recommend students dress as though they are competing in an actual live competition It is helpful if the student announces the composer and title of the piece before his/her performance, but it is not required. Here are some other helpful guidelines on the actual video recording:
Suggestions for a good quality video:
- The camera has to be directed to the performer and their hands. Video angle must show that no music is being used. No music should be placed on the piano.
- Do not use the digital zoom. Put the video recording device at a shorter distance.
- If you are recording using a mobile device (phone, tablet. . .), place it only in a horizontal position.
- Try to avoid unwanted noise during recording (the sounds behind the scenes etc.)
- Do not put the artist in front of a bright light source (such as a window)
- Do not use optical effects (sepia, fast shooting, black/white photo etc.)
- You may use an external microphone (wireless microphone, stereo microphone)
All students are required to participate at their current grade level. Previous first-place winners may not compete again at the same level and must wait until they are eligible for the next level. Either the teacher or student must live in Northern Virginia, or the lessons must be taught in Northern Virginia.
No repertoire changes may be made after the registration deadline.
Participating teachers are expected to assist the chair as needed based on the number of students enrolled, regardless of subsequent student withdrawals. Teachers must agree to abide by the Rules for Competitive Events as well as the Teacher Responsibilities.