Note: Questions below relating to when it is held in person will not be applicable in 2021 due to the pandemic.
When is Student Day? Student Day is on March 27, 2021.
Where is it held? Student Day will be held virtually, due to the pandemic.
What is the application fee? Fees are $30 per student, all levels.
Are there any additional fees? (This will not apply for 2021.) A fee of $15 per teacher is to be added to your check to pay for the provided continental breakfast and lunch.
When are the applications due? Student Day 2020 applications are due to Angie Holt by Saturday, February 20, 2021.
How do I register my students? Follow the directions listed in the Student Day Application Requirements. This form may be foundhere.
What are the Judges rating sheets? These are found inside your Student Activities Handbook. Submit the one that matches the level at which you are entering the student.
The rating sheets ask me to check “Progress” or “Achievement.” What is the difference? Achievement is used when your student has adequately prepared all technique expected at their level. If your student has been working hard, but it doesn’t seem like they will have everything prepared in time, they can still participate! Check “Progress,” and indicate on the rating sheets which areas your student has prepared. The Judge will only ask for those skills to be demonstrated. Your student will receive a Certiﬁcate of Progress for that level. They can proceed to the next higher level at any time, or they can repeat the same level when they receive “Progress” if you would like them to try for a Certiﬁcate of Achievement the next time.
What are the requirements for each level? Details for requirements at each level are found in your Student Activities Handbook. You will ﬁnd such information as sample theory tests, suggested repertoire, and technique requirements. Additional general guidelines for determining level and choosing repertoire is found at the beginning of this section marked “Student Day.” Please note any new requirements instituted this year for your student’s particular level.
I don’t have a Student Activities Handbook. Where can I get one? The Student Activities Handbook may be downloaded completely, or in part, at fmta.org Members enter the membership password to access the Handbook. There is no charge to download the Handbook.
How do I indicate in my application if my student is doing the “performance only” or “theory only” dual tract option? You can write their track option on the Achievement Examination Application.
What is the recital portion of Student Day? The recital is an ungraded component of Student Day. It is held on the same day, and you will be given a scheduled time to attend. This is the only portion of Student Day that parents/family are allowed to sit in on. It is designed for the student to be able to showcase part of what they have been working so hard on.
What resources are available to help me prepare my students? An independent teacher in Florida has devised a curriculum to help you prepare your students for the technique, aural theory, and written theory portions of Student Day. The guidelines follow the same leveling and guidelines that is provided in your Student Activities Handbook. Contact information is as follows: Music Master, 4111 NW 79 Ave, Coral Springs, FL 33065 954-752-2856 (teacher Sue Colvert) email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Am I required to be at the event all day? Yes, in order for Student Day to be the highly successful event it is, help is needed in many areas. Teachers with registered students need to be available the whole day to help out. You will be given a responsibility with your returned scheduling information.
What if I am unavailable that day? If you are not able to be at Student Day, please be sure to ﬁnd a replacement helper. Also be sure to let the chairperson know the name of your replacement. In fact, it might be a good idea to line up a “just in case” replacement. Extra helpers are always needed!
Can my students request certain scheduling times? You can request each student to be scheduled in the morning (between approximately 9 am and 12 noon) or after-noon (1 pm to 4:30 pm). You may also list “either” if your students have no scheduling preference. As there are less morning slots than afternoon slots, please only request morning slots when necessary.
How much time should my students allot to complete all areas of Student Day? Allow approximately 1 hour for the primary level and 2 hours for levels 1-12.
How should my students dress? They will be performing, both in front of the judge and at the recital, and so should follow a “Sunday dress” code.
Are there any dress requirements for the teachers? Yes. This is a professional JMTA event, and all teachers involved should dress appropriately. Remember, we are representing our organization!
How do I receive my students’ scores, certificates, and medals? Graded tests will be available within a week of Student Day. Certiﬁcates are typically available within a month of the event. You may pick them up at the JMTA meeting or from Keyboard Connection. Medals take longer due to engraving. You will be notiﬁed when medals are available, and you may pick them up at the May JMTA meeting or at Keyboard Connection.