All students of studio’s in the Association are invited to participate in activities throughout the year. For more details, ask you studio teachers.
Barnes & Noble Clavinova Festival
Students perform on Clavinova digital pianos in a casual environment at Barnes & Noble. Music memorization is not required. Barnes & Noble generously donates a percentage of book & food sales to the organization when AMTA is mentioned at checkout!
The Original Composition Contest encourages students to compose their own music with the guidance of their private teacher. Solo pieces may be written for any single instrument and ensemble compositions include a minimum of two instruments. After a student’s composition is judged through their local association, it may be submitted to the state contest for adjudication by highly qualified judges.
Monetary prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place compositions in each division.
TMTA Theory Exam
Beginning in %%%% grade, students are given the opportunity to take a test over written and aural theory concepts presented and studied in lessons. Our association has a number of resources available to assist students in their preparation.
For the AMTA Festival, students perform a memorized piece for an adjudicator and are given ratings and comments. Students are awarded certificates and medals. Adjudicators for festivals are most often piano teachers from local and surrounding areas.
Students write an essay or article on a given topic (there are different topic options for every grade level.) Articles are judged on the state level, and monetary prizes are awarded to the winners in each category.
Each semester Amarillo Music Teachers Association hosts recitals for students of members. These recitals provide students with an opportunity to hear students from other teachers in the area as well as an additional opportunity to perform for others. Students will perform one memorized solo piece or a duet piece with music.
TMTA World of Music
World of Music is a graded course of study in music appreciation, literature, and history. After completing a workbook, students are tested by grade level and awarded medals and certificates for excellent scores.
Students perform locally for an adjudicator and have the opportunity to advance to the state level performance competition at the TMTA Convention in June. Students must pass a theory exam to participate. For more information, ask your teacher.
MARCH & JUNE
Students learn and memorize a selected ensemble piece (based on grade/level) for an audition. After passing the audition, students meet with peers and the ensemble director for regular rehearsals to prepare to perform for the TMTA Convention in June. Students must pass a theory exam to participate.