Saturday, October 24, 2020
ONLINE via Zoom

Registration Deadline:
October 1, 2020
12:00 NOON

PAYMENT Deadline:
October 9, 2020
12:00 NOON

Pay after receipt of PayPal Invoice

No registrations will be accepted
after the deadline.
No refunds will be given for
missed or cancelled auditions.



FAQs: Preparing Students for the

GMTA Piano Skills Festival . . .

How do I choose a level for my students and help them prepare for the audition?
Visit our password-protected Festival General Resources page to see requirements for each level, audition examples, and recommended preparation resources.

​I am not a GMTA member. How do I get a password??
Non-GMTA members must pay a $75 fee to gain access to Festival General Resources and online Festival Registration Form. Please contact us for more information.

How do I register my students for the GMTA Piano Skills Festival?
Complete an online Festival Registration Form for each student by October 112:00 NOON.
Registration will close at the deadline.

How do I pay registration(s), and applicable medal fee(s) and $75 teacher non-GMTA member fee?
After registration closes, you will receive a PayPal invoice via email. Use the link in the email to pay the invoice by October 9, 12:00 NOON. No late payments will be accepted.

When will I know my students' audition times?
Times will be emailed to teachers approximately two weeks after registration closes.

Do my students need to play an arrangement instead of an original composition?
Yes! The performance category requires a published piano arrangement of a previously existing musical work. Memory is not required.

 Arrangements can be made from . . .  Examples
 Hymns and religious songs  His Robes for Mine by Habegger, arr. Sprunger
 Traditional, national and folk tunes  When the Saints Go Marching In, Traditional, arr. Faber
 Popular songs  Hey Jude by Lennon/McCartney, arr. Holland
 Broadway and movie scores  Star Wars (Main Theme) by Williams, arr. Holland
 Orchestral and instrumental works  Blue Danube Waltz by Strauss, arr. Streabbog
 Operatic melodies and art songs  Serenade by Schubert, trans. Heller






How will PSF be different this year?
PSF auditions will take place remotely via Zoom. Zoom meeting links, meeting ID numbers, and passcodes will be emailed to teachers within 24 hours of the scheduled audition. It is the teacher’s responsibility to send Zoom meeting information to their students.

Will registration and payment be any different?
Registration and payment will be the same as 2019: teachers should register their students online by October 1 at 12 noon. A PayPal Invoice will be emailed to teachers after registration closes. Teachers should click the link in the invoice to pay online by October 9 at 12 noon.

How will students receive Zoom audition Information?
Zoom meeting links, meeting ID numbers, and passcodes will be emailed to teachers within 24 hours of the scheduled audition. It is the teacher’s responsibility to send Zoom meeting information to their students.

What is the optional Improvisation Event and how do I involve my students?
There are currently seven levels of the Improvisation Curriculum with more levels to come in the future. This event is currently optional.

  • Students can choose different levels for the main curriculum and the Improvisation Event.
    See Festival General Resources for the different levels for main curriculum and the Improvisation Event curriculum requirements.
  • ​The Improvisation audition will occur at the end of the student's regular audition. Therefore, students participating in Improvisation will have slightly longer audition times.
  • A separate judging sheet will be received, and a "special event" sticker will be affixed to the Festival certificate.
  • There is an additional fee of $4.50 to participate in the Improvisation Event.

What to expect the day of the Festival . . .

When should my students log into the Zoom meeting?
Students should log in 15 minutes before their scheduled time. They will be admitted to a waiting room within Zoom. At the appointed audition time, the judge will let them into the audition.

What do students need to bring to the audition?
Students should have these items at their piano for the online audition:

  • Device for Zoom, angled so the judge can see the student in profile with their hands on the keys.
  • One original published copy of their performance piece.
  • Audition curriculum materials including Melodies for Harmonization and any sight-reading materials if teachers choose to distribute signt-reading ahead of time.

What can students expect in the Zoom audition?
A friendly judge will evaluate the student’s progress in the 5 required categories: technique, harmonization, transposition, sight-reading, and performance. Please visit our password-protected Festival General Resources page to learn more about the five categories, view specific requirements for each level and view examples.

What if students have internet problems the day of the audition?
Auditions can be rescheduled only if connectivity issues arise the day of the event. Rescheduled auditions will be with a GMTA PSF Committee member, rather than with a guest judge.

How will the sight-reading portion of the audition be handled?
There are two ways that sight-reading will be shared with students:

  • Judges will screen-share the sight-reading tests with students during auditions. 
  • In addition, the PSF Committee will make PDFs of sight-reading available to teachers the week of the audition. Teachers may email these PDFs directly to students for students to print at home. Teachers may also print these PDFs and distribute hard copies to their students. The PSF Committee asks that students please do not look at the sight-reading tests prior to their audition.

How will the harmonization and transposition portions of the audition be handled?
The harmonization and transposition resources are already available on the GMTA website for teachers to download and share with students, just like in previous years. Students should have a printed copy of their chosen harmonization in hand at the audition.

What about the Level 6 Sight-harmonization?
The Level 6 Sight-harmonization will be handled similarly to sight-reading: judges will screen-share the Level 6 Sight-harmonization in the Zoom audition. PDFs of the Level 6 Sight-harmonization will also be made available to teachers the week of the audition so that teachers can distribute to their students.

How will the Level 4 Two-Handed Accompaniment be handled? Normally the judge is supposed to play the accompaniment.
Recordings of the Level 4 Melodies for Harmonization will be available on the GMTA website for teachers to download and share with students prior to the audition

How will other levels that allow two-handed accompaniment be handled?
For 2020, only Level 4 harmonizations should be two-handed, since that is required for Level 4. Students in other levels (such as Level 6) should choose a different accompaniment option for 2020 auditions.

How will performances be handled? Will judges be able to view the score of students’ performance pieces?
In order to abide by copyright laws, GMTA will not collect scores from teachers or students. Judges have been instructed to grade the performance portion of the audition based on musicality and fluency.

After the Festival . . .

How will students receive their results?
The PSF Committee will email PDFs of evaluation sheets with ratings and judge comments to teachers after the festival is over. Teachers can then choose to forward the PDFs to their students or print for students. Teachers should receive the emailed evaluation sheets within 48 hours of the event.

What about medals and certificates?
The PSF Committee will notify teachers when certificates and medals (if teachers ordered medals) are ready for pickup, approximately 1-2 weeks after the event. New this year, teachers will need to contact Dr. Turcios to arrange pickup directly from her at BJU. Due to concerns over COVID-19, Pecknel is not allowing GMTA to use their facilities as a drop-off / pick-up location this year.