KMTA e-Festival

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e-Festival Information

The Kentucky Music Teachers Association is excited to announce the inaugural KMTA e-festival!

In light of recent developments with COVID-19, KMTA is offering an alternative event to in-person festivals traditionally held by local associations in the spring. The KMTA e-festival is an online-only performance opportunity where students receive constructive comments and a rating as well as chance to qualify for the State Honors Recital.

General Information

  • Teachers will submit ALL of their participating students in ONE application by clicking the “e-Festival Online Registration” button below. STUDENTS SHOULD NOT REGISTER ON THEIR OWN for the KMTA e-Festival. The registration form is designed for teachers to register their students, not for students to register themselves. Furthermore, minimizing the number of submissions received will help streamline the administrative process.
  • Teachers can submit PDF versions of student music score and video links through the registration page.
  • The DEADLINE for submission is April 23, 2021.
  • There is a $15 fee for each student entry. If a student enters multiple instrument categories (voice and piano, for example) each category entry is $15.
  • Teachers should collect registration fees from all participating students and submit one payment to KMTA through PayPal. After the online registration form is submitted, you will be redirected to the PayPal payment page. You will then select the number of students participating and the total amount owed for all student registrations. 

Deadline for submission is April 23, 2021



  • Students will be required to perform two contrasting pieces.
  • Division I: Students submitting repertoire beginner through mid-intermediate levels will be participating for comments alongside the option to qualify for the State Honors Recital (SHR). Teacher should indicate on the entry form if they would like a student to be considered for SHR.
    • Total video duration should not exceed 10 minutes for Division 1.
  • Division II: Students submitting advanced repertoire are participating to receive adjudicator comments only, as the level of repertoire is appropriate for KMTA State Competitions and not the State Honors Recital. 
    • Total video duration should not exceed 15 minutes for Division 2.
  • Repertoire guidelines align with the State Honors Recital guidelines.

Theory Test

  • There will be no theory tests this year as we have had such a short period of time to develop the festival. We hope to have leveled theory tests for next year’s e-festival.

Evaluation and Selection for State Honors Recital

  • Students will be evaluated based on criteria relevant to their instrument and ability level.
  • For Division I, adjudicators will offer comments and rating, as well as consider the top 25% of entries (who have selected to be considered) for State Honors Recital recommendation.
  • For Division II, adjudicators will offer comments and rating only as they are not performing for SHR qualification.
  • Students will receive comments and a rating as well as a participation ribbon.
  • Feedback from adjudicators will be given 1-2 weeks after the submission deadline.

KMTA e-Festival Video Instructions

Recording Location

You should record your video in the spirit of a live audition or recital performance.

You may record in a home, school, church, synagogue, recital hall, rehearsal room, or studio with good natural acoustics with or without an audience. You should dress professionally, as you would for a recital or live audition.


  • A tablet or smartphone is all you need.
  • To ensure quality and consistency of the videos among entrants:
    • Set up device to capture the full body of the student (for pianists and string players, be sure hands are visible at the instrument; for singers, be sure facial expression is discernible).
    • Limit background noise.
    • Make sure the performance space is well lit.
    • Treat the camera as if it were the judge.


  • Run a technical dress rehearsal with everything in place.
  • Test the sound. Move recording device, if needed.
  • Treat this as a live performance!
    • Dress appropriately
    • Keep playing from start to finish! The performance quality may diminish after 3-5 takes and it is better to have one compete recording than none.

Transfer File

  • Name your video files with the piece title and composer (for example, Minuet in G, Bach) Accepted formats: MP4, M4V, AVI, FLV, MOV, WMV, MPG, MPEG, M2V, WEBM.
  • Create an account with YouTube (or similar video sharing platform). Upload your recording to YouTube.
  • Scores should be in PDF format and named the same as the video file.
  • Complete the online application and share video links. You will receive an automatic email confirming successful submission of your videos and application