I Want to Participate
Great! Be aware that preparing for the ASMTA Regional Festival (“the festival”) takes a lot of work, on your part and mine! When students are participating at the intermediate and advanced levels, really anything beyond Level 1, I encourage families to switch to 45-minute lessons. Else, it becomes a struggle. If you’re doing this for the first time, I encourage you to read about the requirements about both the ASMTA and NAMTA festivals on this page.
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 base rate you pay for lessons.
I also provide group preparation time, typically a session of about 2 hours on a Saturday, to run through pieces plus cover all of the other elements. It can help to do this together, since we can review what is required more thoroughly. Although I don’t charge separately for this, I ask your permission to use this time as a one lesson debit against your make-up lesson balance, or against your allocated number of lessons if you come up short at the end of the semester.
Most students who prepare to enter the festival are studying with teachers who offer only 45 minute or 1 hour lessons. There are other teachers who teach 30 minute lessons but require (and charge for) extra resource time as part of the lesson. It’s really hard to calculate exactly how much time each student will need. At the earliest beginner levels, the requirements are quite simple and straightforward. They increase as a student moves on to the intermediate levels. I want to be able to give enough time to everyone, with the final goal being to get everyone beyond the minimum passing score of 80%. If you have any concerns, please let me know.