Student Music Festival '20
Online Music Festival
Congratulations to all Festival '20 performing students. Participating students deserve a huge round of applause for adapting, continuing with your music education and keeping the music alive. Thank you to those who displayed great professionalism and kindness throughout the year. There will not be a Festival '21. Perhaps we'll see you in '22.
7/23/20 --- Click "Festival '20 Winning Students" button below for the winning students and most current information on Festival '20.
8/11/20 --- Member Schools and Teachers need to respond by Monday, 8/17/20 with regards to scheduling an appointment for pick-up of any trophies or awards or opting to have awards shipped. Upcoming dates for pick-up are Tuesdays - 8/18, 8/25 & 9/1. Email Us Here. Thank you.
8/28/20 --- We have reached out to all Member Schools and Teachers that we have not heard back from. For schools and teachers that have not responded, their performance certificates have been emailed. For pick-up appointments that were scheduled and missed, the last opportunity is Tuesday, 9/1. If you have a shipping form to complete, simply complete it and email it back so we can ship your items. Thank you.
... I wanted to let you know that I think you did a rockstar job. Elana was also great! Considering the circumstances, you guys held it together and still delivered. 👏🏼👏🏼 It was our first year and we will definitely be back this coming year!
-Natalia Huang Piano Studio
... thanks so much for your detailed response... From day one you have been nothing but fair and honest and I am honored to have been associated with you. Please remain in touch!!!!
-Arlene Mac Kinnon
Festival '20 Online Info
3/19 - Festival '20 Postponed
3/19/20 --- In times like these, we are seeing the very worst and very best in people. Thank you, to those who have reached out with encouragement, understanding and an offer to help. We hope everyone is navigating through COVID-19 as best as possible. We hope you and your family are doing well.
At this time, Festival '20 is postponed. MAMTG and DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Princeton unfortunately could not reach an agreement - to reschedule Festival '20 to another weekend - with the same contractual terms and costs. We will be updating our FAQ page with next steps and how we will be moving forward with Festival '20.
4/30 - Festival '20 will be online
4/30/20 --- We hope everyone is doing well through COVID-19. Festival '20 will move forward as an Online Music Festival. Adapting and moving forward to keep students learning, playing and performing music is the objective.
Member schools and private teachers can submit video links of their students performing their MAMTG music. MAMTG will send a file to member schools and private teachers for submitting their video links to MAMTG.
Due Dates for video links:
Guidelines, tutorials and additional information coming soon. Start getting ready!
4/30 - Festival '20 online Updates
Students, teachers and parents can utilize the month of May to begin preparing for their video recording at home.
Winning students will be posted at mamtg.org. Performance feedback from the adjudicators along with scores will be emailed to member schools and teachers in July. Trophies and medals will be available for pick-up in East Brunswick, NJ starting in August.
Refunds will be processed for: Vendor/Exhibitor Booths, Program Book Ads, Ensembles Showcase Groups (refund check printed to the Member School) and Hotel "Great, Better, Best" Packs (for the Hotel Guest Room portion). Checks will be printed and mailed to the address on file. If you'd like to change your address, please do so before 5/7/20. Checks will be mailed approximately 5/8/20.
Late Registrations we received during March have NOT been processed. The performance schedules that were sent to member schools and private teachers in early March are the students that are registered for the Festival. If you'd like to include any Late Registrations that were mailed, please let us know. Otherwise, by May 15th Late Registration packets that remain will be shredded.
5/4 - Prepare during may
Member Schools & Private Teachers
5/4/20 --- For Festival '20 Online, here are simple steps for the month of May:
5/5 - video tips
5/5 --- Students can use a smartphone, tablet or computer to record their performance. For optimal recording, stand in front of a light source and have ample light overhead. Do not have a light source behind the performer. Place the recording device a few feet away or where the performance sounds its best. Dress appropriately, as though it is a live performance in a ballroom or on stage. Enjoy the process of learning how to get a great recording (without added editing, enhancements). There is an entire month to practice recording. Get creative. Invite family members to clap at the end of performance. Whether a student has a keyboard or piano, the adjudicators understand. Whether a student has a microphone to sing with or not, the adjudicators understand. Be musical. Be proud of the process and new experience of preparing and capturing your MAMTG performance in a video. Videos are to be live, without editing, mixing, overdubs or audio/performance enhancements.
5/5 - Step 1: Record your performance
5/5 - Record Your Performance - Step 1
5/10 - step 2: Upload your video
5/10 - Upload Your Video - Step 2
5/10 - Step 3: MAMTG Members to complete
5/10 - MAMTG Members to Complete - Step 3
7/3 - judges are still judging
Congratulations to all the students, teachers and parents that participated in Festival '20 Online. We are glad we made the difficult decision back in April to have Festival '20 as an Online Festival. This is a lot of work for us here. However, we are glad to do this for the students.
Judges are still judging. They are being thorough and offering comprehensive feedback for students. We will announce winning students soon. Member Schools and Member Parents (most parents are not Member Parents) will receive instructions for retrieving performance feedback, trophies and medals.
Festival '19 ★ This was our first year with you guys, it blew away my expectations. So well put together. Thank you for your hard work. -Resonance Music School
Festival '19 ★ Hi Brandon, Another successful Music Festival! We had a great time. Carson placed 2nd in Piano Jazz and 4th in Piano Open Classical... Thank you so much, Valerie
Festival '19 ★ " We have participated in the past and it has always been a wonderful experience. We know it is a great deal of work to organize this event and our family has appreciated the well-organized program in the past. Sincerely, Lisa C. "
Festival '19 ★ " My daughter will definitely return to mamtg. It's one of the best platforms for kids to gain confidence. "
Festival '19 ★ Thank you for another wonderful edition of the MAMTG Festival. As usual I had a great time, the MAMTG Festival reminds me [of] the most beautiful aspect of music... I wish that the MAMTG Festival, while you keep working to have it raise [to] the next step, will remain always the event it is today, where students, teachers and people close to music can breathe the joy of music making first. -Alessandra Tiraterra
Festival '19 ★ " Hi!! My name is Emma and I attended 2019! I had so much fun and learned so much, and was there to perform a duet with my friend. My friend has been competing for years at MAMTG and it took a lot of courage to sign up with her. The experience was great though and it's pushing me to perform more next year, hopefully! I would 100% attend again! -Emma M. "
Festival '19 ★ " My daughter was at the Princeton competition this past year for the first time. She loved it and is hoping she can do it again next year. Sincerely, Kim "
Music, Voice & Musical Theatre Competitions
Music competitions are competitive performance events. Students perform for a specialist adjudicator or multiple judges and compete against other students within their level category. Students receive a scorecard with feedback after the Festival. Select competitions are Virtuoso Competitions where students may receive a cash award or the opportunity to perform live at the Sunday Awards Show.
Music, Voice & Musical Theatre Evaluations & Assessments
Music evaluations are non-competitive performance events. Students perform for a specialist adjudicator and receive performance feedback on a scorecard. Some have called our Evaluations "mini lessons" as many adjudicators offer verbal feedback to students and parents. For all instrumentalists and singers. Beginners through advanced players benefit from evaluations. All students receive a certificate of performance.
Talent Showcases & Ensemble Showcases
Showcases are for soloists, duets and ensembles. Students in our Showcases perform live for an audience and receive feedback from an adjudicator on a uniquely designed ensemble scorecard. Ensembles Showcase is a non-competitive performance event. Talent Showcase is a competitive event, specifically for singers and songwriters that sing while accompanying themselves with an instrument.
Festival '20 Video
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Mid Atlantic Music Teachers Guild
PO Box 4275
Metuchen, NJ 08840
Instagram @ njmusicfest
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For Festival '20, MAMTG will donate $1 of every competition, evaluation and showcase event registration to Little Kids Rock. MAMTG believes in strengthening music education. Your performance in MAMTG will now help support other music students across the country.
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