Each Active member may submit a maximum of 5 students for the scholarships A, B and C below.
A) (i) MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS for piano: maximum 3 students per teacher.
Applicants are judged within school grade levels, as follows (the student’s school grade on January 1 preceding the audition will determine the level):
Junior A: students through grade 4.
Junior B: students in grades 5 and 6.
Junior C: students in grades 7 and 8.
Senior A: students in grades 9 and 10.
Senior B: students in grades 11 and 12.
A) (ii) MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS for voice:
Applicants are judged in these age levels:
Junior: through age 13, at time of audition.
Senior A: age 14 through 16, at time of audition.
Senior B: age 17 through 20, at time of audition.
At all levels students are required to perform three pieces from memory, each from a different period (baroque, classical, romantic, impressionist, 20th century). The only exceptions are Junior A piano and Junior voice, where repertoire does not have to be from different historical periods.
Merit Scholarship first place winners at any level will not be eligible to compete the following year at that level, but may compete in the next higher level if in the correct school grade (or age, for voice contestants).
At all levels students are required to perform three pieces from memory, each from a different period (baroque, classical, romantic, impressionist, 20th century). The only exceptions are Junior A piano and Junior voice, where repertoire does not have to be from different historical periods. Concerti or movements from concerti not eligible for audition.
Merit Scholarship first and second place winners at each level may perform one of the pieces from their audition program in the Honors Recital. Judges may recommend the recital piece, but the final choice may be made by the student. Merit scholarships for other instruments are also available. For further information contact Merit Scholarship Chairman.
B) HESS SCHOLARSHIP: 1 student per teacher
All applicants play the same required composition, as announced each year in Tones and Overtones.
Each teacher may send only one student, and that teacher may send only two students for the Merit Scholarships, one of whom may be the Hess applicant (however, the Hess required composition may not be used as part of the 3-piece Merit program). Entries are limited to the first 10 applicants, and the winner may play in the annual Honors Recital. The winner may not compete for this scholarship the following year, but may apply again in two years.
C) MMTF LATIN-AMERICAN SCHOLARSHIP: 1 student per teacher
A student may audition for Hess and Merit or Latin-American and Merit, but may not use the Hess piece or either of the Latin-American pieces in the Merit audition. A student may not audition for all 3 of these scholarships.
Applicants must play two pieces of contrasting styles by Latin-American composers. If there is any doubt regarding this requirement, contact the scholarship chairman before assigning the work. One student per teacher may apply, and that teacher may only send 2 students for the Merit Scholarships.
A student who auditions for this award may also audition for a Merit Scholarship but may not use one of the Latin American pieces as part of his 3-piece Merit program. The winner may play in the annual Honors Recital. He may not compete for this scholarship the following year, but may apply again in two years.
Note: Teachers may enter a maximum of 5 students in A, B and C above; i.e. 3 for Merit and 2 for Hess, OR 3 for Merit and 2 for Latin-American, OR 3 in Merit, 1 in Hess and 1 in Latin-American, etc. Also, there is a maximum of 3 students per teacher for the merit scholarship, so no more than 3 of the 5 can be for merit. A STUDENT MAY NOT AUDITION FOR MORE THAN 2 OF THESE 3 SCHOLARSHIPS.
D) MMTF ENSEMBLE PIANO ENSEMBLE SCHOLARSHIP: 2 ensembles per teacher, playing as a duet/duo, trio or quartet.
Two pieces are required. Entries are divided into Elementary (through grade 4), Junior (grades 5 through 8) and Senior (grades 9 through 12). Two ensemble groups per teacher may audition and this does not limit other entries by that teacher. A student may enter only one ensemble. The $20 application fee is per student, not ensemble. First place winners at each level may play one of their ensemble pieces at the Honors Recital. Any first place winner may not compete for this Scholarship the following year, but may apply again in two years. At the time of this audition original scores must be provided for the entrants, as well as one original for the judges.
E) SIGHT READING SCHOLARSHIP: 1 student per teacher.
This scholarship is geared towards the beginning piano student through school grade 5. Teachers are encouraged to develop good habits in tackling new material, by using sight reading materials on a regular basis.
Evaluations will take place during the performance audition at FSMTA District Vl Student Day in Miami. Students will need to enroll in the Student Day program.
Students selected by the Student Day judges for superior sight reading skills will have a second and final round of evaluations. One winner in each of the following categories will be chosen:
- School grades: Pre-school – 3rd
- School grades: 4th and 5th
The winners will receive their awards either at the annual MMTF Honors Recital or the Student Day Honors Recital.
F) MMTA COMPOSITION CONTEST: All compositions submitted must be an ORIGINAL WORK and no longer than 5 minutes.
- Three levels: ANY INSTRUMENTATION and COMBINATION. Age as of January 1st of the audition year: A. ELEMENTARY: Ages 5-10 (minimum 16 measures) B. JUNIOR: Ages 11-14 C. SENIOR: Ages 15-18
- One WINNER and/or HONORABLE MENTION from each category will be awarded with a cash award to be determined by MMTF.
- The judge’s decision is final. The judge may/may not declare a winner or honorable mention.
- Compositions must be handwritten and/or computer notated by the composer.
- The Winning Compositions will be performed at the annual MMTF Honors/Scholarships Recital.
- Winners must be present and are responsible for the performance and obtaining performers.