ASMTA Regional Festival Preparation

You Want to Participate?

Great! Keep in mind that preparing for the ASMTA Regional Festival takes a lot of work beyond simply preparing your pieces. If you are participating at the intermediate and advanced levels, I encourage you to switch to 45-minute lessons. Else, it becomes really difficult to cover the written theory and keyboard testing preparation for this festival.

Note: I have recently deprioritized this festival in favor of Piano Guild, which better fits the current needs of my studio. You can do both, but I’d suggest choosing just one if it’s your first year doing a spring festival.

If you want more general information for how these music festivals work, please go to my Piano Lessons – Festivals page. I discuss the pros and cons of each festival there as well.

When Does Preparation Start?

In one sense, preparation is ongoing. Many of the skills that I teach all year are part of what is covered on exams. However, there are specific things by level that will need extra focus. We’ll typically start repertoire in January, which gives plenty of time to learn pieces for the April festival.

Once we find what pieces you’ll play, we’ll start preparing for the written theory and additional skills test on the piano, both specified by the level of the repertoire chosen.

Much of the preparation that you will do for the theory portion will be with worksheets on your own time. However, most of the other elements have to be covered during lesson time. If you need extra lesson time to complete study for the requirements, I’m happy to provide it at the same rate you pay for lessons.

Group Classes

In the past, I’ve offered some group preparation time, which includes the spring piano party that is open to all, whether they are participating in a festival or not. Group learning provides comradery and efficiencies in cost over one-on-one preparation. Although I haven’t charged any extra fees in the past, I may do so in the future. It will be reasonable and spread among the participants.

In Conclusion

This festival is not geared for all students. It’s for those students who want the challenge of playing for a judge, as well as spend the time to learn a more well-rounded curriculum beyond just playing repertoire that includes theory, technique, keyboard harmony, ear training, and sight reading.

At the beginner levels, which go from Primary A through Level 2, the requirements are quite simple and straightforward. It’s when students move to Level 3 and higher that the requirements become more extensive. That’s when having a longer lesson time is really essential.

Last Updated 2020-03-14 | Originally Posted 2020-03-03